“Sunday Magazine” Interview with USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander

USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander speaks with WARM 590 AM’s Brian Hughes on “Sunday Magazine” about the textile recycling company, it’s for-profit business model, and how the Wilkes-Barre community can drop off old clothing and shoes for recycling/reuse.

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USAgain Lends a Hand at Local Clothing Drives

Giving back to communities is a vital part of USAgain’s mission to do good for people and planet. Recently, our Pennsylvania division was able to serve local communities by contributing to two clothing drives in the area.

USAgain aided Dallas High School PTSO committee’s rummage sale on March 9-10 of this year. The rummage sale benefits the “lock-in” event, held after the school’s prom. By collecting and recycling all clothes left unsold at the sale and cutting a check to the school, USAgain provided essential funding for the lock-in, which is meant to keep students safe and out of trouble after the conclusion of prom.

“It’s great to get help for our lock-in, because the entire event benefits the students,” says Donna Kon, co-chair of the Lock-in committee. “It’s also nice to raise money in an environmentally friendly way.”

We were also fortunate enough to lend a hand by collecting surplus clothing at Our Lady Mount Carmel Church’s annual clothing drive, in Doylestown, PA. Clothes collected at the event were recycled by USAgain, with part of the funds raised given directly to the church’s charity fund.

“It’s a win-win for both of us,” says Father Fox of the church. “The congregation and community enjoy donating because their items are put to good use, and it brings new people into the church.”

USAgain is proud to give back to great causes in Pennsylvania. By working with organizations like DHS and Our Lady Mount Carmel Church, we can make our communities cleaner—and greener—places to live.

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Clothing recycling catching on among Pennnyslvania residents

Pennnyslvania residents diverted more than 5.5 million pounds of clothing and shoes from landfills in 2012, the textile recycler USAgain announced today.

That amounts to 1,260 garbage trucks of clothing. It also saved more than 31,000 cubic yards of landfill space, approximately 38.5 million pounds of carbon emissions and more than 7.7 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.”


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