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Keep Atlanta Beautiful adds textile recycling

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Keep Atlanta Beautiful Friday announced its two monthly recycling events will now feature textile recycling, as the nonprofit has partnered with USAgain, a Stone Mountain-based textile recycling company.

The recycling events are scheduled for two Saturdays a month in Atlanta — one in Buckhead and one in the Old Fourth Ward.

“There’s absolutely a demand for more recycling services among Atlanta residents,” said Peggy Denby, executive director of Keep Atlanta Beautiful. “USAgain’s textile/household good recycling services will help us provide a missing piece of the puzzle and continue to advance our mission of greening Atlanta. This is truly an asset to our communities.”

Incorporating textiles into the nonprofit’s recycling events will provide metro Atlanta residents with a convenient, free-to-use resource for responsibly disposing of unwanted items. Textiles will join the team of items already recycled at the events, including electronics, paper for shredding, styrofoam, paint and single-stream (commingled) items. Atlanta residents have responded enthusiastically to the call of recycling, as the events garner more than 800 attendees per month.

Acceptable textile recyclables include: clothing and footwear of all styles and sizes, household textiles (linens, towels, etc.) and accessories (belts, hats, scarves, backpacks, etc.).

The monthly recycling events take place at:

o Second-Ponce de Leon Baptist Church, 2715 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, first Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

o The Walden School, 320 Irwin St. in the Old Fourth Ward, second Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Information and directions: visit www.keepatlantabeautiful.org

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Clothing recycling on the rise in the Atlanta area

 

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth

 

Stone Mountain, GA. – Atlanta-area residents diverted 8.1 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to the Stone Mountain-based textile recycler USAgain, demonstrating that convenience plays a key role in the continued growth of people recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes.

 

By diverting 8.1 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 24.3 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 4.8 billion gallons of water, and 19,905 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 797 garbage trucks.

 

With more than 14,000 recycling locations nationwide, USAgain provides local communities with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing in an environmentally responsible manner.

 

“It’s great to see continued progress toward textile recycling and a growing recognition of the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, which saves our planet’s precious resources, said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re looking forward to making even greater strides toward reducing waste in 2014.”

 

Although nearly all clothing and shoes can be re-used, Americans currently recycle just 15 percent of their clothing, with the rest – a total of more than 11 million tons – ending up in the garbage, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

 

“A big picture goal of ours is to partner with more schools, municipalities and businesses to increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent,” Wallander said. “Doing this would bring tremendous impacts in terms of resources conserved and carbon dioxide sequestered.”

 

Nationally, USAgain recycled a total of 55 million pounds of textiles. In addition, USAgain planted more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2013, most in partnership with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry organization. The trees will serve to sequester carbon emissions and repair damaged ecosystems, helping to make the planet a greener, more inhabitable place.

 

For 2013 recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.

 CONTACT: Rasham Grewal

(708) 908-0476

r.grewal@usagain.com

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.

 

 

Clothing recycling on the rise in the Atlanta area


USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth

Stone Mountain, GA. – Atlanta-area residents diverted 8.1 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to the Stone Mountain-based textile recycler USAgain, demonstrating that convenience plays a key role in the continued growth of people recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes.

By diverting 8.1 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 24.3 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 4.8 billion gallons of water, and 19,905 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 797 garbage trucks.

With more than 14,000 recycling locations nationwide, USAgain provides local communities with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing in an environmentally responsible manner.

“It’s great to see continued progress toward textile recycling and a growing recognition of the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, which saves our planet’s precious resources, said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re looking forward to making even greater strides toward reducing waste in 2014.”

Although nearly all clothing and shoes can be re-used, Americans currently recycle just 15 percent of their clothing, with the rest – a total of more than 11 million tons – ending up in the garbage, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“A big picture goal of ours is to partner with more schools, municipalities and businesses to increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent,” Wallander said. “Doing this would bring tremendous impacts in terms of resources conserved and carbon dioxide sequestered.”

Nationally, USAgain recycled a total of 55 million pounds of textiles. In addition, USAgain planted more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2013, most in partnership with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry organization. The trees will serve to sequester carbon emissions and repair damaged ecosystems, helping to make the planet a greener, more inhabitable place.

For 2013 recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.

 

 

USAgain launches national holiday giving campaign with Boys and Girls Clubs

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CONTACT: Rasham Grewal

(708) 908-0476

r.grewal@usagain.com

 

USAgain launches national holiday giving campaign with Boys and Girls Clubs

Clothing recycler will donate items collected to local children in need during season

 

Stone Mountain, GA (November 1, 2013) – USAgain, the textile recycling company, is collecting winter clothing that it will donate to local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation during the holiday season. Items may be deposited into USAgain bins throughout the month of November.

USAgain will donate winter coats, hats, gloves and mittens to Boys and Girls Clubs during the week of December 10, 2013. Clothing collected by each division office will be distributed to a local Boys & Girls Club, where it will be donated to a child or family in need. The initiative provides a convenient, accessible method for people to donate locally during the season of giving.

“We’re proud to be giving back to local Boys & Girls Clubs this winter,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We encourage people to use our bins to ensure that their surplus winter items find a new home with those who truly need them.”

Donated clothing may be slightly worn but still in good enough condition to be work again. The campaign is running in 10 cities where USAgain divisions are located: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle.

“By providing our communities with an alternative to throwing away unwanted clothing, not only are we helping conserve landfill space—we’re supporting the Clubs, too,” said Teresa Johnson, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Club Silicon Valley, CA that received the donations last year through this program.

To find a USAgain recycling bin to drop off winter clothing, simply visit http://www.usagain.com/find-a-collection-bin and enter your city or ZIP code. Items of all styles and sizes are accepted, and all items placed in the bin should be placed in a bag.

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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry – is a for-profit company with a mission of diverting textiles from landfills. USAgain’s green and white recycling bins provide communities with a convenient way to dispose of surplus clothing and give it a second life. In 2012, USAgain collected 58 million pounds of textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain operates over 10,000 recycling bins in 18 states and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit www.usagain.com

 

Earth Month Recycling Challenge

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Raising money for extracurricular activities is typically high on any school’s to-do list, but what about raising awareness for recycling? USAgain is proud to announce that schools can do both in the Earth Month Challenge. For every item of clothing and shoes diverted from landfills through this program, the school will raise money and foster recycling awareness.

All participating schools will raise money based on pounds collected, and the top five collecting schools will win additional cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250 and $100. Schools will be able to track their collections on USAgain website.

The Carbon Neutral Movement

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It might not make sense to say the world runs on carbon, but almost everything the world runs on—like gasoline and coal—emits millions of tons of carbon. Ideally, the world will one day function with very little or no carbon emitted, but there’s no switch that can be flipped to immediately make the world carbon free. It’s an ongoing process that will take time.

Read about how businesses are going carbon neutral on the USAgain blog

People, planet, profit focus of Stone Mountain textile recyclers

Read the original story on TheChampionNewspaper.com, originally published 7.22.2013

Kim-Boedskov

The folks at USAgain (pronounced use again), a textile recycling company, like to say their business is a triple win—for people, the planet and profit.

“Yes, we’re a business, but we’re proud to be a business that’s good for the environment and that helps people in developing countries and here in the United States,” said Kevin Fitzgerald, USAgain regional sales manager, who works at the company’s Atlanta area office, located in Stone Mountain.

“Textiles are the worst things you can put in a landfill. When they decompose they create more pollutants than paper or plastic do,” Fitzgerald continued. He cited EPA figures that American households discard a total of 25.4 billion pounds of textiles annually.

Collection-bins

 

“We are a green enterprise seeking to keep clothes out of landfills because all too often, clothes get tossed in the trash. Almost everyone understands and recognizes recycling aluminum, glass, paper and plastic, but unfortunately not enough people recycle their used clothes and shoes. According to the EPA, just 15 percent of clothes are reused or recycled, although all clothing and shoes can be reused or recycled,” Fitzgerald said.

“I especially like that we hold events at schools, not just because school children are growing and generate a lot of used clothing,” he said, “but because we are educating the next generation, making them aware of how recycling benefits the planet and all of us who live on it.”

“Approximately 70 percent of the world wears second hand clothes,” explained USAgin Division Manager Kim Boedskov. “In many places people don’t have the same standards we have. People are OK with clothing that’s out of fashion, a little worn or even with small stains.”

He said that while his business deals in discarded items, passing such items along as giveaways in developing nations does not help their economies—but selling them at a low price does. “Leaders in these countries discourage giving clothes to people there. People have more pride and dignity when they can raise a crop, sell it and have a little money to shop for inexpensive used clothing. The local shopkeepers get to make money as well,” added Boedskov, who said he has worked in developing African and Asian countries and seen firsthand the needs of the people there.

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In the United States, thrift stores are a growing business, he said, noting that in 2009 there was a 12.7 percent increase in the sale of used clothing, compared with the previous year. During that same period, retail sales overall were down 7.3 percent, he said, citing U.S. Department of Commerce data.

Boedskov, who is originally from Sweden, said textile recycling is more common in European countries, but even there only an estimated 30 percent of textiles are recycled. In addition to clothing, towels, bed linens, draperies and other cloth items can be recycled. Many of the items are reused as they are, he said. Others are taken apart for a second use. “In India, they often pull the yarn out of sweaters and reknit it into a new garment. Wool can be used and reused indefinitely. Even clothing that is too worn for reuse can be shredded and used in insulation and furniture stuffing, for example.” Even items people don’t normally think of putting in collection bins, including used underwear, can have a second life, he said.

USAgain collects items for recycling in its green and white collection bins, which are placed in commercial areas with permission of the property owners. Right now, Fitzgerald said, there are approximately 1,000 bins in Georgia, 47 of which are in Decatur. The company also has 100 bins in Alabama.

“We try to make it as convenient for people as possible. People will recycle if it’s easy for them. So far this year, Decatur and USAgain have recycled more than 93,000 pounds of textiles and prevented the emission of more than 653,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in doing so,” Boedskov said.

USAgain announces expansion in Iowa and Minnesota

USAgain has expanded operations into Dyersville, Elkader, Guttenberg, Independence, Manchester, Postville, Waukon, and West Union in Iowa, and Caledonia, Houston, Lanesboro, Mabel, Preston, Spring Grove, and Spring Valley in Minnesota.

Read more here.

Georgia Recycling Coalition: 22nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow

USAgain is a gold sponsor of this year’s GRC Conference and Tradeshow. Come check out our exhibition booth and learn more about the textile recycling industry!

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Eco Apps: Free and Green

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Own a smartphone? Concerned about the environment? Then you won’t want to miss these 4 smartphone apps.

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