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Atlanta Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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Original post on southeastgreen.com

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.

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!