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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.”

Eco Apps: Free and Green

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Own a smartphone? Concerned about the environment? Then you won’t want to miss these 4 smartphone apps.

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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.

The Shoe Waste Epidemic

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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.

Twin Cities Marathon
October 6, 2013

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USAgain has partnered with the Twin Cities Marathon to collected surplus clothing at the event. The USAgain/Marathon partnership has been going on for several years now, with over 10,000 pounds of clothing collected and recycled to date.

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.