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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.

Morgan County Expands Recycling Options with Textile Recycling Partnership

USAgain to provide clothing and shoe recycling across Morgan County

ATLANTA, GA (May 27, 2015) Morgan County, GA has entered into agreement with USAgain, a local textile recycler to provide residents convenient ways to recycle more household waste beyond traditional items like paper, plastics, cans and glass.

Residents will now be able to give a second life to their surplus clothing, shoes and household textiles like drapes, towels, sheets, drapes etc by placing these items in USAgain textile recycling bins located at Morgan County’s 12 collection sites. Currently, less than 3% of household waste is recycled in Morgan County. According to the Waste Department website, 95% of what is thrown away could be recycled. Meanwhile, the EPA reports that on average Americans recycle at a 34.5% rate.

Hoping to bridge the gap between Morgan County’s rates and the national average, the County Commission approved the recycling partnership on April 21st, the day preceding Earth Day 2015. According to County leaders, diversion of waste is key in reducing costs in city infrastructure and improving energy efficiency.

“For Morgan County, two of the primary benefits of textile recycling are to reduce our solid waste disposal costs and reduce our carbon footprint,” said County Manager, Michael Lamar.

Additionally, diverting trash from landfills for reuse in the marketplace creates green jobs and generates revenue while saving natural resources. According to the U.S. EPA, 85% of all discarded textiles – 12 million tons – are sent to U.S. landfills every year. Textile recyclers – such as USAgain – puts materials back into the use cycle, conserving natural resources, preventing greenhouse gas emissions and saving landfill space.

Ellen Warren, District 4 Commissioner said that she is very excited about the USAgain textile-recycling program. In a note on the topic, Warren said she is looking forward to using it herself to recycle her old clothes and help improve our environment through the use of the program.

In addition to this partnership, USAgain hosts 950 recycling bins throughout Georgia. “USAgain is thrilled to partner with Morgan County as it’s an important step forward to help raise awareness and access to increasing textile recycling,” said Mattias Wallander CEO of USAgain.

For more information about USAgain and textile recycling visit: www.usagain.com

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