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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

Boys and Girls club Denver 2013

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.”

The Shoe Waste Epidemic

man and pile

A staggering 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown away and sent to landfills each year, and despite this massive amount of waste, it can all be avoided. Every pair of old shoes, no matter how worn-out or beat-up, can be reused or recycled and avoid being landfilled.

Read more about shoe recycling on our blog.