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Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Denver

Spring Cleaning Easy

Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Denver

DENVER (May 11, 2015) – Denver 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 Colorado, 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 Denver area residents. By diverting 2,506,912 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 17 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and saved more than 3 billion gallons of water and 14,325 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.

Denver Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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

DENVER, CO (Jan. 20, 2015) – Two million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Denver-area residents. That’s 573 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 2,506,912 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 17 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 3 billion gallons of water, and 14,325 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 Denver 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, visitwww.usagain.com.

Winter coats donated to Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club

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As part of a wider initiative partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, USAgain’s local division donated winter apparel – including coats, gloves and hats – to Boys and Girls club at 3325 W 16thAve Denver Co. 80204.

USAgain collected approximately  308 pounds,  150 coats (est) gently used outerwear  during the month of November. Donations will remain in the communities where they are collected, meaning a jacket donated in the Denver area will be distributed to a child or family in need in Denver. Thanks to all the patrons for making this winter a little warmer by supporting the coat drive.

USAgain Spearheads Third Annual National Coat Drive with Boys & Girls Clubs

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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!

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.

 

 

Clothing recycling on the rise in the Denver area

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth 

Denver, CO. – Denver-area residents diverted 2.4 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to the Denver-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 2.4 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 17.1 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 3.4 billion gallons of water, and 13,987 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 560 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.

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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.

 

Winter Coat Donation to Denver Boys & Girls Club

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USAgain Denver proudly donated over 150 winter coats to the Arthur E. Johnson Branch of the Boys & Girls Club on December 4, 2013. We’re happy to donate clothes to a great local charity and support the community.

“Providing our communities with an alternative to throwing away unwanted clothing not only conserves landfill space and energy, but also supports the kids and families we serve in a fundamental way,” said John Arigoni, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver. “We rely on supporters like USAgain to provide these opportunities to make our community a better, and warmer, place.”

The donated coats were placed in USAgain bins throughout the month of November. This is the second year USAgain has donated to the Boys & Girls Club in Denver; we look forward to a great future of giving back to this great organization! Special thanks to all who stopped by our bins to donate clothes – your effort goes a long way toward helping people and the environment. Give yourself a pat on the back – you deserve it!

“We collect all kinds of winter clothing and other items at our textile recycling bins,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “It’s an easy decision to give back to our local communities by passing the winter items along to those who need it. We thank the Boys & Girls Club for giving us this opportunity.”

Some Like It Hot – None Like It Expensive

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Heating and cooling account for nearly half of household energy costs, which means an inefficient air conditioning unit could be putting a sizable dent into your personal finances. How, then, does one avoid paying too much for summer energy costs?

Clothing recycling catching on among Denver residents

Denver-area residents diverted more than 2.5 million pounds of clothing and shoes from landfills in 2012, the textile recycler USAgain announced today.

That amounts to 585 garbage trucks of clothing. It also saved nearly 15,000 cubic yards of landfill space,nearly 18 million pounds of carbon emissions and more than 3.5 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.”

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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 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.

 

Winter coats donated to Denver-area Boys & Girls Club

As part of a wider initiative partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs across the country, USAgain’s local division donated 150 coats and jackets to the Arthur E. Johnson Boys & Girls Club in downtown Denver, CO. USAgain Denver division manager Bob Brown visited with members and staff of the club.

USAgain donated all of its gently used outerwear collected in their bins to Boys and Girls Clubs during the week of December 10, 2012. Donations will remain in the communities where they are collected, meaning a jacket donated in the Denver area will be distributed to a child or family in need in Denver.

The campaign is running in 10 cities where USAgain warehouse divisions are located: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle.

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Arthur E. Johnson Branch
3325 West 16th Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
Phone: 303-893-8150