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USAgain Earns Georgia-Based Environmental Stewardship Award

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GRC President, Michelle Wiseman presenting the award to USAgain’s Kevin Fitzgerald, Regional Sales Manager at 2015 annual conference.

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USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, was recently honored for its success in recycling and waste reduction within Georgia during the ninth annual Spirit of Green Awards, held by the Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC).

For the second year in a row, the GRC presented USAgain with the Environmental Stewardship Award during its annual conference in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. The award serves to highlight excellence in recycling and acknowledges individuals or organizations whose actions sustain the recycling industry’s viability.

Across the state of Georgia, communities are working to be more sustainable, balancing economic growth with environmental protection,” said Gloria Hardegree, Executive Director of GRC. “USAgain’s textile recycling initiatives are reflective of these efforts, proving to be economical and environmentally successful. While reminding us to use our resources wisely for greater efficiency, USAgain has helped businesses and governmental groups increase waste reduction efforts and provide new recycling opportunities with no added costs to city infrastructure.”

The added bonus, they say, is how recycling efforts have empowered communities with “convenient options and increasing environmental awareness.”

For the past 15 years, USAgain has provided textile recycling services to the residents of Georgia, helping to divert over 58,550,000 lbs of textiles from the state’s landfills. Working with organizations, community leaders and public officials, they have helped improve the environment by preventing over 409,850,000 pounds of greenhouse gases and landfill space by over 367,383 cubic yards – or over 28,539 garbage truckloads.

“Over the past 15 years, we’ve worked to improve recycling in Georgia as more communities are sharing a goal towards greater sustainability.” Said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain.  “Mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded counties, cities, and schools have been key to our success here.”

With a no-cost, no-work and no-liability system for recycling participants, USAgain has implemented 1,300 clothing collection bins across Georgia. As the collections begin to reduce waste and create efficiency for waste management operations, they also produce revenue streams for partners thanks to the company’s revenue share program.

More than 12 million tons of textiles are discarded in the U.S. every year with only 15% being reused, recycled or repurposed. After creating 10 new partnerships in the past year, USAgain aims to grow recycling rates by continue making recycling more convenient to citizens of Georgia while improving the environment.

USAgain Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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GRC President, Michelle Wiseman presenting the award to USAgain’s Kevin Fitzgerald, Regional Sales Manager at 2015 annual conference.

Textile recycler honored for excellence in Georgia two years in a row

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (Aug. 31, 2015) – USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, was recently honored for its success in recycling and waste reduction within Georgia during the ninth annual Spirit of Green Awards, held by the Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC).

For the second year in a row, the GRC presented USAgain with the Environmental Stewardship Award during its annual conference in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. The award serves to highlight excellence in recycling and acknowledges individuals or organizations whose actions sustain the recycling industry’s viability.

Across the state of Georgia, communities are working to be more sustainable, balancing economic growth with environmental protection,” said Gloria Hardegree, Executive Director of GRC. “USAgain’s textile recycling initiatives are reflective of these efforts, proving to be economical and environmentally successful. While reminding us to use our resources wisely for greater efficiency, USAgain has helped businesses and governmental groups increase waste reduction efforts and provide new recycling opportunities with no added costs to city infrastructure.”

The added bonus, they say, is how recycling efforts have empowered communities with “convenient options and increasing environmental awareness.”

For the past 15 years, USAgain has provided textile recycling services to the residents of Georgia, helping to divert over 58,550,000 lbs of textiles from the state’s landfills. Working with organizations, community leaders and public officials, they have helped improve the environment by preventing over 409,850,000 pounds of greenhouse gases and landfill space by over 367,383 cubic yards – or over 28,539 garbage truckloads.

“Over the past 15 years, we’ve worked to improve recycling in Georgia as more communities are sharing a goal towards greater sustainability.” Said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded counties, cities, and schools have been key to our success here.”

With a no-cost, no-work and no-liability system for recycling participants, USAgain has implemented 1,300 clothing collection bins across Georgia. As the collections begin to reduce waste and create efficiency for waste management operations, they also produce revenue streams for partners thanks to the company’s revenue share program.

More than 12 million tons of textiles are discarded in the U.S. every year with only 15% being reused, recycled or repurposed. After creating 10 new partnerships in the past year, USAgain aims to grow recycling rates by continue making recycling more convenient to citizens of Georgia while improving the environment.

Atlanta Celebrates Earth Month

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Recycling in Atlanta is on the rise thanks to April clothing drives held in City Hall and neighboring areas of Cobb County.

The surge in recycling opportunities began during a week-long textile recycling initiative with partner USAgain within the walls of City Hall. The drive, held in support of Cartlanta, included two indoor collection bins that yielded 468 pounds of clothing and shoes. Coinciding with Earth Day, the collection culminated with a “recycled fashion show” and had an environmental impact of saving 655,200 gallons of water and 3,276 pounds of Co2 emissions.

Additional collection events in nearby areas were held in conjunction with Keep Cobb County Beautiful at Jim R Miller Park and Sprayberry High School. These added an additional 947 pounds of textile recyclables to the areas efforts, resulting in the reduction of 6,629 lbs of carbon emissions and saving 52,300 gallons of water.

Setting the standards high, Atlanta city planners were enthusiastic about the opportunity to take lead in an effort to expand recycling with added convenience for residents.

With no-added costs to city infrastructure, USAgain’s textile recycling programs make it easier for communities to take recycling to the next level and beyond the traditional categories of paper, plastic, aluminum and glass. Atlanta, a city known for it’s thriving business communities, has been working hard to create a culture of recycling. City-wide initiatives have improved recycling rates from 19 percent in 2010 to a current rate of 30 percent, which is just below the national average of 34 percent. While progress has been made the city continues to work towards it’s goal of a 90 percent waste-to-landfill rate by 2020.

The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year and the majority of which accumulates with an estimated 12 millions tons of annual textile waste in landfills By depositing surplus clothing and shoes for recycling in a USAgain bin, residents can increase recycling rates while diverting waste from local landfiills and conserving natural resources across the globe.

Community organizers hope that as this programming grows, awareness amongst residents will increase.

For more information on Cartlanta’s monthly recycling events visit www.cartlanta.org

 

USAgain Spearheads Third Annual National Coat Drive with Boys & Girls Clubs

 

Clothing recycler will donate coats collected to local children-in-need during Holiday season

Nov. 1, 2014 – USAgain, the textile recycling company specializing in providing consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, announces its third annual national coat drive that provides local Boys & Girls Clubs with donated winter clothing during the holiday season. Items may be deposited into USAgain bins throughout the month of November.

USAgain will collect warm clothes, including coats, hats, gloves and mittens to make a donation to local Boys & Girls Club organizations during the second week of December. Clothing assembled at each USAgain collection site will be directed to a local Boys & Girls Club, which will then donate the clothing to a family in need. The clothing drive provides a convenient, accessible way for people to donate locally during the season of giving.

“Our organization is proud and honored to partner with local Boys & Girls Clubs for a third year, donating winter coats to families in need” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We encourage people to use our clothing bins to donate their surplus winter items to a family who truly needs them.”

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

To find a USAgain recycling bin to drop off winter clothing, simply visit www.usagain.com/find-a-collection-bin and enter your city or ZIP code. All styles and sizes are accepted and should be placed in a bag before being placed in the bin. Details here!