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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.

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

Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Atlanta

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Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Atlanta

ATLANTA (May 11, 2015) – Atlanta residents are looking to make more room in their closets this spring by ridding themselves of old clothing and shoes should think about the recycling bin instead of the garbage can.

USAgain, (pronounced use-again) is helping to make spring cleaning easy this year by equipping local communities with a convenient, accessible and earth-friendly resource to recycle their unwanted clothing and shoes and give them a second life.

“With textile recycling becoming more common throughout Georgia, it’s never been easier to recycle your unwanted clothes and shoes, which ultimately saves landfill space and helps protect the environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “More and more environmentally conscious consumers are looking beyond the trash cans because they now have a convenient, no-cost approach to ensuring their clothing gets recycled or re-used.”

In 2014, seven million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Atlanta area residents. By diverting 3,482,005 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 24 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and saved more than 5 billion gallons of water and 19,897 cubic yards of landfill space.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that 85 percent of all unwanted clothing, or 12 million tons, end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but – as a green-focused company – our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that winds up buried in the landfills by changing people’s mindset and behavior when it comes to disposing of their clothing,” Wallander said.

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About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes 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. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com to learn more and locate a recycling container near you.

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

 

Atlanta Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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USAgain clothing collection bins continue to serve as a convenient recycling option

Stone Mountain, GA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Three million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Stone Mountain-area residents. That’s 795 garbage trucks diverted from going to landfills!

The national textile recycler provides an outlet to give surplus clothing a second life through a network of thousands of recycling bins located nationwide. By diverting 3,482,005 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 24 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 5 billion gallons of water, and 19,897 cubic yards of landfill space.

USAgain recycling programs are hosted in partnership with municipalities, local businesses, event based community drives and fundraisers for schools and non-profits.

“We want to commend Atlanta area residents for their commitment to sustainability. These collections continue to keep clothing out of our landfills having a positive impact on our environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “Textile recycling programs are getting attention from municipalities with a goal to improve their overall waste diversion rates and we are working diligently to assist with their goal”.

Recent data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows 5.7 percent of the municipal solid waste (MSW) is textiles. A staggering 12 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in the landfills through education and outreach events in addition to our clothing recycling bins,” Wallander said. “Every bit counts and our goal is to gain more partnerships and increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent.”

Contact:
Rasham Grewal
Email: r.grewal@usagain.com
Phone: 630-293-1239 ext 1001

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes 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. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

Do One Thing: Recycle clothes and shoes to USAgain

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With the change of the seasons comes a change in our clothing wardrobe. It’s out with the old and in with the new, but where does all your old clothing and shoes go? According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, about 85 percent of all recyclable textiles end-up in landfills every year, where it occupies roughly 4 percent of the entire landfill space.
 
Rather than tossing your unwanted clothes and shoes, drop them off at one of the many USAgain bins located throughout the Athens area. USAgain, a green for-profit enterprise, works diligently to reduce the textile waste in the U.S., which helps preserve natural resources, save landfill space and prevent greenhouse gas emissions. Approximately 60 percent of the items received in a USAgain bin are resold at thrift stores. The remaining 40 percent are recycled and made into new products and textiles.

To donate your unwanted clothes and shoes, drop them off at one of the USAgain locations below:

• ACC Landfill, 5700 Lexington Road

• ACC Recycling Facility, 699 Hancock Industrial Way

• College Avenue recycling drop-off, 1005 College Ave.

• Georgia Square Mall recycling drop-off, 3700 Atlanta Hwy. (Cinema lot)

• Lexington Road recycling drop-off, located on Jail Road behind the Tag Office

• Power Partners Inc., 200 Newton Bridge Rd.

• Winterville recycling drop-off, located on the corner of Church and Parkview Streets

For more information about USAgain, visit www.usagain.com.

Get Ready for the America Recycles Day Challenge 2014!

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Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Join USAgain in raising environmental awareness beyond November 15 while diverting textile waste from landfills.

  1. What is the America Recycles Day challenge?
    Throughout the month of November 2014, all participating schools will compete to collect the most textiles for recycling. The top five collecting schools will win cash prizes and all schools will raise funds for every pound collected. By hosting a USAgain collection bin on your property, your school is offering students, faculty and the local community an eco-friendly and convenient way to recycle clothes and shoes while your school earns cash per pound of textiles collected.
  2. What can my school win?
    The top five collecting schools will win $1,000, $750, $500, $250, and $100, respectively. All participating schools will raise funds per pound collected.
  3. Will my school have to sell anything in order to raise funds in this program?
    No. USAgain textile recycling fundraisers and contests don’t require any work from your school, parents or students.
  4. Does my school need to sign-up or register?
    Yes. But if your school is already hosting a USAgain bin, you are automatically registered for our school contests. For schools not already hosting a USAgain bin, please sign-up to have a USAgain bin placed on your property.
    The deadline for America Recycles Day registration is October 30, 2014.
  5. How can we promote our USAgain collection bin during the America Recycles Day challenge?
    Downloadable promotional materials, including posters, handouts and flyers designed to help you spread the word in your community, are available here.
  6. How can I see my school’s ranking or collection totals?
    Track your school’s collection results in real-time at www.usagain.com/ard-contest-results
  7. When is the America Recycles Day challenge?
    Mark your calendars! The America Recycles Day challenge is November 1-30, 2014.
  8. Why is textile recycling so important?
    The U.S. EPA estimates that 12 million tons of textiles end up in the landfills every year. If collected, these trashed textiles are in a condition to be reused as secondhand clothing or repurposed for use as industrial wiping rags, insulation or furniture stuffing, among other uses. Learn more on our For Planet page.

 

 

USAgain wins big at the GRC!

Georgia Recycling Coalition awards USAgain for Environmental Stewardship

Local Textile Recycling Company wins “Spirit of Green” Award

Stone Mountain, GA  (Aug. 25, 2014) – USAgain announced today that it has been honored with Environmental Stewardship Award from the Georgia Recycling Coalition at their Spirit of Green Awards ceremony. This award is given to individuals or companies whose actions sustain the recycling industry’s viability.

It is one of several awards given by the Georgia Recycling Coalition at their annual conference held at St. Simon’s Island on August 17 through 20. The winners are selected based on program’s history, key accomplishments, distinguishing characteristics and outreach.

We are honored to receive this award as it marks our efforts to collect textiles for reuse and recycling. We’d like to thank our program partners, such as counties and Keep Atlanta Beautiful, for playing an important role in making our program available to local communities,” said USAgain President Poul Jorgensen.

USAgain is a for-profit company that collects clothing, shoes and other textiles to put them back into the use cycle. In 2013, the company collected 8.1 million pounds of textiles in Georgia and helped prevent 24.3 million pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere, more than 4.8 billion gallons of water and 19,905 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 797 garbage trucks.

This marks the first award USAgain has won from the Georgia Recycling Coalition. Last year, the California Resource Recovery Association presented USAgain with the outstanding “Closing the Loop” commitment award.

Currently, all textile-recycling efforts nationwide collect only 15 percent of the total textiles generated annually. The rest 12 million tons makes its way to landfills.

The Georgia Recycling Coalition is a non-profit organization with the mission to complement and coordinate activities relative to recycling, to foster communications among professionals, organizations, government agencies and individuals.
Media Contact:

Rasham Grewal
r.grewal@usagain.com
Phone: 708-908-0476
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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes 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. USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visitwww.usagain.com.

 

 

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.