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Pennsylvania Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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

WILKES BARRE, PA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Five million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Pennsylvania-area residents. That’s 1,182 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 5,175,812 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 36 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 7 billion gallons of water, and 29,576 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 Pennsylvania 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.

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.

 

 

Coat Donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse

USAgain’s Pennsylvania Division recently donated over 150 winter coats to the Boys & Girls Club of Syacuse, NY. The USAgain team was glad to be able to spread warmth to children and families in need this winter. We look forward to future events and engagements with the Club and other great local organizations in the Pennsylvania/Upstate New York area.

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Visit the Boys & Girls Club of Syracuse’s website

Clothing recycling on the rise in Pennsylvania

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth

Wilkes-Barre, PA. – Pennsylvania residents diverted 5.2 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to the Wilkes-Barre-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 5.2 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 36.5 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 7.3 billion gallons of water, and 29,836 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 1,194 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.

 

America Recycles Day Contest

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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.

Find out how to enter your school for USAgain’s America Recycles Day recycling challenge! The top five chools will be awarded cash prizes of $1000, $750, $500, $250 and $100.

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

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.

USAgain supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania

Originally published July 6, 2012 at Timesleader.com

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USAgain 2000 LLC recently donated $2,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania. The grant will support the daily activities and programs offered at the club, which serves approximately 1,000 boys and girls ages 6-18 residing in Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties. Programs include after school homework help, drug and alcohol prevention, arts and crafts, sports, fitness and recreation, digital photography and computer education.

Kulpmont Mother Helping Tornado Victims

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KULPMONT — A mother in Northumberland County watched the devastation caused by the tornados in Oklahoma and decided she had to get involved.

Jessica Mirarchi of Kulpmont has been spending a lot of her time bringing donations of clothes and toys to the Kulpmont Fire Company Number 1. It’s being used as a staging area. Mirarchi said it’s all to benefit the tornado victims in Oklahoma.

My heart broke; I felt the need to do something. My kids are my whole life and I can’t imagine not having them and these parents lost their children.”

Crystal Wilhelm of the Kulpmont Fire Company said members were glad to help.

Her husband runs with the fire company, he’s one of our lieutenants and there is no reason not to help.”

Mirarchi explained it didn’t take much to get her motivated.

I was watching the news and how everybody was talking about the victims had absolutely nothing and I look at my kids and I couldn’t imagine my kids losing everything.”

The toys and clothing won’t be sent directly to Oklahoma. Instead the items will be trucked to Usagain, a Wilkes-Barre company. The firm will recycle the items and sell the material to thrift stores in the United States and abroad.

Katherine McDonald of USAgain said her company will donate $1,000 to the Red Cross on Jessica’s behalf.

When she called she needed help and she is collecting stuff that we do collect, so if we can help in any way we can.”

The final day of Jessica Mirarchi’s donation drive will be Saturday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Kulpmont Fire Company Number 1.  At that time she’ll be accepting donations of clothing and toys for the Oklahoma tornado victims.