SMYRNA, GA (December 5, 2012) – The City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center, Georgia, has partnered with USAgain to host a drop-box at the center where members of the community can conveniently drop off used clothing, shoes, and household textiles for reuse and recycling.
The drop box is designed to provide an eco-friendly way to recycle used textiles in addition to providing a new revenue stream to the education center. USAgain compensates for the collections in the bin on a per-pound basis as part if this partnership. The bins will also provide an opportunity to educate Smyrna community members about textile recycling and reuse.
“USAgain is proud to partner with the City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center,” said Mattias Wallander CEO of USAgain. “Textile recycling is a huge issue; 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. We’re thrilled this partnership will help raise awareness about the need for increased textile recycling.”
“We have recognized the need for textile recycling for some time and are thrilled to expand our services to include this,” responded Ann Kirk, Director of Keep Smyrna Beautiful for the City of Smyrna.
The bin is located at City of Smyrna Recycling Education Center at 645 Smyrna Hill Drive, Smyrna, GA, 30080. The residents can drop off used clothing, shoes, and household textiles like towels, sheets, drapes and bedding. The bin will be regularly serviced and maintained by USAgain.
For more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit:http://www.usagain.com/america-recycles-day
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USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that collects reusable clothing and shoes recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau as an ethical business, USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in seventeen states. The company’s 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
For Immediate Release
Kathy Chapman, Smyrna Recycling Education Center
Rasham Grewal / USAgain