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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

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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.”

The Carbon Neutral Movement

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It might not make sense to say the world runs on carbon, but almost everything the world runs on—like gasoline and coal—emits millions of tons of carbon. Ideally, the world will one day function with very little or no carbon emitted, but there’s no switch that can be flipped to immediately make the world carbon free. It’s an ongoing process that will take time.

Read about how businesses are going carbon neutral on the USAgain blog

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?

USAgain Tree Planting
200,000 Trees in 2013

USAgain’s environmental commitment stretches beyond clothing and textile recycling. In 2013, USAgain is expanding its green initiative by launching a tree-planting campaign, which will result in 200,000 trees being planted in regions of Ethiopia, Kenya and Honduras. By partnering with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry resource center based in Maryland, much-needed trees will be planted in these impoverished, environmentally-ravaged areas.

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Ethiopia

A semi-arid, mountainous region in southwestern Ethiopia, Konso is the site of USAgain’s tree planting partnership with Trees for the Future, helping to expand two watershed restoration projects in the villages of Duraite and Lehaite. Since 2010, Trees for the Future has been helping to reverse systematic agricultural and overgrazing failures in the area, working to prevent the highly erosive soils in both villages from washing away each wet season.

Kenya

Due to illegal activities, including timber harvesting, charcoal production, and fuel wood collection, Mount Kenya National Park experienced massive deforestation in the 1980s and 1990s. In an effort to reverse the negative effects deforestation has left on the region, nearly five million trees have been planted in and around Mount Kenya National Park, with USAgain contributing an additional 85,000 trees to be raised in six local nurseries.

Honduras

Two areas in Honduras have been selected for the USAgain tree planting project. An important watershed, source of irrigation and a stop for migratory birds, the Corralito Wildlife Reserve will receive 20,000 seedlings in 2013. Las Lajas, a major hydroelectric resevoir that provides more than 40% of the electric power for Honduras, will receive 45,000 seedlings of various species in a project meant to reforest the surrounding area.

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

USAgain Lends a Hand to Outgoing University Students

Originally published on the University of Colorado Environmental Center’s Facebook Page. Read the full post here.

After students are finished with their finals, they are rushed to move out of their residence halls, which is a period of time known as Student Move Out. As proven in years past, Move Out on the CU campus is a time where a significantly large amount of waste is produced. Unfortunately, a great percentage of this waste consists of usable items that are in good and working condition. To divert these usable items from entering the landfill, CU Recycling holds its annual Reusable Items Drive during student move out. Capturing these reusable items also created social benefit by channeling these quality “left-overs” to people of lower incomes.

Twenty three “Reusable Items Donation Stations” were set up in the lobbies of each residence hall. Stations were removed from Smith, as it is under construction with no students living there this year. Bear Creek remained the locations for 2 stations as it proved to be a strong collection point again this year. Some of the materials collected included clothing, bedding, towels, furniture, small appliances, kitchenware, office products, and sporting goods. Separate containers were set up to collect non-perishable food items and personal care products.

For the first year, CU Recycling partnered with USAgain to provide daily collections from each “Donation Station.” Having the help of an outside vendor to perform daily collections continues to be crucial to the success of the Reusable Items Drive. USAgain provided a 24-foot box truck (two trucks on the heaviest days) and several men to collect the reusable items over a two-week period. Without the help of USAgain, CU Recycling would not have had the manpower or the equipment to properly run the Reusable Items drive. The reusable items collected by USAgain were taken to their Denver warehouse, bailed, and shipped to a variety of locations where people in need can use the clothes as a source of income. Most of the clothes will be shipped to third world countries to benefit people of those nations. Some of the clothes will also be shipped domestically in the US to various thrift stores. Items that are not clothes will still find a home, as USAgain has many outlets for items like small electronics, furniture, toys, etc.

After setting up the bins, CU Recycling also provided assistance to the collections by visiting every “Donation Station” ahead of USAgain. During these monitoring visits, the CU Recycling crew would put all the materials into bags so that it was easier for the USAgain crew to collect the materials when they arrived.

All non-perishable food items and personal care products were collected by CU Recycling. The food was donated to Community Food Share and the personal care products were donated to the Boulder County Homeless Shelter. Also, several of the “Donation Stations” included a spare change drop off container. Money collected from the spare change containers was given to the Globe Med program at CU. The funds will be used for programs to help villages in Nepal with improved sanitation projects.