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Team Profile: James Jordan

James Jordan
James is USAgain Atlanta’s Warehouse Supervisor – he’s been with USAgain for over two years. James is a former baseball player who enjoys watching the game and hanging out with his wife and two children. James is from Augusta, GA.
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USAgain collects 2,000 pairs of shoes at Douglasville Warrior Dash Race

DOUGLASVILLE, GA – We had a blast at Warrior Dash in Douglasville, GA on April 13. We collected approximately 2,000 pairs of shoes at the race, one of our best collection figures yet. Great job, warriors!ATL tent Shoe pile man and pile

Warrior Dash 2013 races – USAgain will be collecting shoes at all races in the lower 48 states.

Team Profile: Rebecca Jenkins

Rebecca Jenkins
Our dispatcher Rebecca enjoys working at USAgain for the new challenges of each day and the camaraderie of the caring, friendly staff in Minneapolis. We invite you to read more about Rebecca and the rest of our team.When she’s not at work, Rebecca likes to bake, go shopping, spend time with her family and travel. Rebecca and her fiancé recently bought their first home and welcomed their newborn son into the world.Meet the rest of our team.

Partner Profile: Keep Forsyth County Beautiful

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A Keep America Beautiful affiliate, Forsyth County (GA) recycling centers are proud to flex their green muscles. The county’s decision to host a USAgain collection bin on its  recycling center property only increased overall recycling potential in the area. Before contacting USAgain, Tammy Wright, Environmental Program Manager, did a quick search of textile recycling businesses in the area.

“Actually, it was hard to find info on similar companies,” said Tammy. But USAgain’s website clearly described the company’s services and benefits, she said.

Tammy was particularly worried about a clothing collection bin becoming a messy dumpsite, not regularly maintained or emptied. “USAgain has been great about taking care of the bin and cleaning it up,” she said.

Georgia residents have plenty of opportunities to recycle. Convenience can often make the difference between regular recycling collections and no collections at all. USAgain provides collection bins at convenient locations for exactly that reason.

“Having too many collection sites isn’t a concern,” said Tammy. “I’d encourage people to host a bin.”

Forsyth County recycling centers:

Tolbert Street Center
351 Tolbert Street
Cumming, GA 30040
770.781.2176

Old Atlanta Center
3678 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
770.205.3010

Coal Mountain Center
3560 Settingdown Road
Cumming, GA 30028
770.781.2071

Partner Profile: Speedemissions

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USAgain partner Speedemissions provides vehicle emission and/or safety inspection tests at its 38 locations in fours states; Georgia, Missouri, Texas & Utah. In 11 of its 14 Atlanta store Speedemissions hosts USAgain’s green and white textile collection bins. Members of the community can deposit unwanted clothing, shoes and other textiles in the drop boxes 24 hours a day.

“We are encouraged by our partnership with USAgain to be able to collect unwanted clothing that can be reused and recycled,” said Rich Parlontieri, CEO of Speedemissions. “It takes our business a step ahead in greening the planet, while continuing to help keep our air clean.”

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Twin Cities Marathon
October 6, 2013

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USAgain has partnered with the Twin Cities Marathon to collected surplus clothing at the event. The USAgain/Marathon partnership has been going on for several years now, with over 10,000 pounds of clothing collected and recycled to date.

Clothing recycling catching on among Atlanta residents

CHICAGO – (Jan. 28, 2013) – Atlanta-area residents diverted more than 3.7 million pounds of clothing and shoes from landfills in 2012, the textile recycler USAgain announced today.

That amounts to 848 garbage trucks of clothing. It also saved more than 21,000 cubic yards of landfill space, nearly 26 million pounds of carbon emissions and more than 5.1 billion gallons of water in 2012.

Nationally, USAgain, a for-profit clothing recycling company, diverted nearly 58 million pounds of unwanted clothing and shoes last year that would have otherwise been thrown into the trash and ultimately buried in landfills.

“This was a major accomplishment in curbing the negative impact that irresponsible textile disposal can have on our environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “More people are beginning to realize and understand the environmental benefits in seeking a convenient way to having their old clothing recycled and re-used instead of throwing it in the garbage.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans discard 85 percent of unwanted clothing and shoes into the trash each year, amounting to more than 11 million tons of textiles that get dumped in landfills.

“Considering 85 percent of all textiles end up in landfills, all of us need to do a better job of looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose clothing,” Wallander added. “But when zero-cost recycling options like USAgain and charitable organizations are accessible and convenient, we can have a positive impact on the environment.”

The 58 million pounds of clothing that USAgain recovered would fill 13,257 garbage trucks. It would also fill 52 football fields – or one football field a week – 1 yard deep with reusable material. Overall, USAgain saved nearly 332,000 cubic yards of landfill space, conserved 406 million pounds of carbon emissions and spared 81 million gallons of water in 2012.

“Textile recycling isn’t just a trend we’re noticing in one specific part of the country,” said Wallander, noting USAgain’s growth throughout the nation during the past year. “Recycling habits are catching on nationwide.

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 excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. In 2012, USAgain was awarded an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. It maintains more than 10,000 collection boxes in 18 states and has nearly 200 employees. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

Winter coats donated to Atlanta-area Boys & Girls Club

As part of a wider initiative partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, USAgain’s local division donated 180 lbs of winter apparel – including coats, gloves and hats – to the Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club in Decatur, GA. The USAgain Atlanta team was there to drop off the clothes and meet members and staff of the Club.

USAgain donated all of its gently used outerwear collected in their bins to Boys and Girls Clubs during the week of December 10, 2012. Donations will remain in the communities where they are collected, meaning a jacket donated in the Atlanta area will be distributed to a child or family in need in Atlanta.

The campaign is running in 10 cities where USAgain warehouse divisions are located: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Samuel L. Jones Boys & Girls Club
450 East Lake Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030
(404) 378-8814

City Of Smyrna Recycling Education Center Offers Alternative for Used Clothing and Household Textiles

SMYRNA, GA (December 5, 2012) – The City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center, Georgia, has partnered with USAgain to host a drop-box at the center where members of the community can conveniently drop off used clothing, shoes, and household textiles for reuse and recycling.

The drop box is designed to provide an eco-friendly way to recycle used textiles in addition to providing a new revenue stream to the education center. USAgain compensates for the collections in the bin on a per-pound basis as part if this partnership. The bins will also provide an opportunity to educate Smyrna community members about textile recycling and reuse.

“USAgain is proud to partner with the City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center,” said Mattias Wallander CEO of USAgain. “Textile recycling is a huge issue; according to the EPA, Americans discard approximately 13.1 million tons of textiles annually. Only 15% of that is collected for reuse and recycling – leaving 11.2 million tons of textiles to be dumped in our nation’s landfills. We’re thrilled this partnership will help raise awareness about the need for increased textile recycling.”

“We have recognized the need for textile recycling for some time and are thrilled to expand our services to include this,” responded Ann Kirk, Director of Keep Smyrna Beautiful for the City of Smyrna.

The bin is located at City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center at 645 Smyrna Hill Drive, Smyrna, GA, 30080. The residents can drop off used clothing, shoes, and household textiles like towels, sheets, drapes and bedding. The bin will be regularly serviced and maintained by USAgain.

For more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit:http://www.usagain.com/america-recycles-day

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About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that collects reusable clothing and shoes recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau as an ethical business, USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in seventeen states. The company’s mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit www.usagain.com

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Kathy Chapman, Smyrna Recycling Education Center
770-431-2869, kchapman@smyrnaga.gov

Rasham Grewal / USAgain
708-908-0476; r.grewal@usagain.com

USAgain Partners with Macon Bibb Schools to Provide Community with Clothing Drop-Boxes

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA – (March 22, 2012) – Today USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, announced a partnership with 10 Macon Bibb County schools to provide drop-boxes where parents, teachers and members of the community can conveniently discard clothing, shoes, and textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain offers education-based fundraisers for schools across the country that are designed to develop students’ awareness about textile recycling while providing a platform to educate others within the community as well.

On Friday, March 23, USAgain will place new green and white drop-boxes at the schools. USAgain compensates participating schools for their collections on a per-pound basis as part if their no-work, no-cost, fundraising program for schools.

“Textile recycling is a huge issue in this country; according to the EPA, Americans discard approximately 13.1 million tons of textiles annually. Only 15% of that is collected for reuse and recycling – leaving 11.2 million tons of textiles to be dumped in our nation’s landfills,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re thrilled to partner with these schools to raise awareness about the need for increased textile recycling and to support local education as well.”

USAgain will install drop-boxes at the following Macon Bibb County schools:
• Ballard Hudson Middle School
• Burghard Elementary School
• Carter Elementary School
• Central High School
• Ingram/Pye Elementary School
• Morgan Elementary School
• Southwest High School
• Union Elementary School
• Westside High School
• Weaver Middle School

Additionally, local schools will participate in USAgain’s Earth Month competition. During the month of April schools across the country hosting USAgain drop-boxes will compete to collect the most textiles. The top three schools will be awarded cash prizes of $500, $300 and $250 respectively. All participating schools will earn cash based on pounds of clothes and shoes collected.

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About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells unwanted clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in 17 states. Their mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.