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.
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.