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Nicky Nguyen carried two hot-pink plastic bags out of his house in Bath Beach on a recent weekday afternoon and left them at his curb. They contained old blankets, pillowcases, kids’ clothes, and jeans.
His bags were two of the 150,000 picked up as part of a month-long city Department of Sanitation pilot program for curbside textile collection that aims to gather clothing for charity and recycle garments too worn to wear.
The Santana family thought they’d escaped the devastation of Hurricane Sandy when NYCHA moved them from their flooded first-floor apartment in the Baruch Houses to another development a few blocks south.
But by last summer nearly everything in Maria Santana’s 16th-floor NYCHA apartment in the LaGuardia Houses was covered in plastic.