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.
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.
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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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.