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Calumet City Thunderbolts earn Recycling Award

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CHICAGO | The Calumet City Thunderbolts won top honors from local clothing recycler USAgain for Best Recycling Program Promotion after turning a one-day clothing drive into a year-long opportunity to further the cause of textile recycling.

During the 2015 Green-T Award ceremony held recently at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, USAgain recognized the youth football and cheer organization for its exemplary efforts in reducing textile waste. The Thunderbolts hosted clothing drives that led to the collection of 2,600 pounds of clothing and shoes.

“Football has a huge impact on our culture and there’s a reason that sports figures become role models. It’s been exciting to see the Calumet City Thunderbolt’s passion for good sportsmanship extends beyond the field and into the community,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “From the players to the cheerleaders to the parents who greatly championed the issues surrounding textile recycling, we are proud to present the Thunderbolts with a big win for their team and the environment.”

The Green-T Awards reward individuals and organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois. In partnerships with cities, local businesses and nonprofit organizations – including schools, churches, fire stations, humane societies and youth groups – USAgain hosts 1,100 recycling bins in the Chicago area that diverted seven million pounds of textiles from going into landfills in 2014 alone.

“We’re not just a team on game day, and this is a big take away our kids get from our partnership with USAgain,” said Lena Smith, the coordinator of the Thunderbolts Booster Club and the fundraiser. “Throughout the season, we’re learning about healthy habits, good examples and winning skills. Textile recycling gives us the opportunity to apply these lessons off the field and understand the impact we have on our communities.”

USAgain has corporate headquarters in suburban West Chicago. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to recycle excess clothing. The USEPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing per year, totaling an estimated 12 million tons in landfills.

Wheaton Park District earns recycling award

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Original story on mysuburbanlife.com

WHEATON – The Wheaton Park District recently won a recycling award for its work on environmental awareness, according to a news release from the district.

Clothing recycler USAgain honored the district during the 2015 Green-T Award ceremony at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium for its efforts in reducing waste by increasing textile recycling options and community awareness. The district has collected 73,000 pounds of textiles since 2011. For more information, visitusagain.com.

 

Textile Recycling Changes in La Porte County

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Following textile recycler USAgain’s recent restructuring of its Chicago service area, three locations remain for county residents who want recycle unwanted or damaged clothing, bedding, towels, shoes and other textiles, the La Porte County Solid Waste District announced Thursday.

In the past few years, USAgain installed about two dozen of its green and white textile recycling bins in sites around the county, District Recycling Coordinator Nancy McVay said. They were initially going to pull out of La Porte County all together, but the District convinced them to maintain a few sites in convenient locations for residents, McVay said.

 

The three remaining locations are:
In La Porte: Outside our office at 2857 W. State Road 2, or in the handicap parking lot near the entrance to the La Porte County Fairgrounds.
In Wanatah: At the JMart BP, 10300 W. US Hwy 30

Textiles in good condition, as well as those with rips or stains, can be recycled in these USAgain bins. The items are reused or recycled in many capacities, from secondhand clothing markets to industries that use them to make things like rags or insulation.

“Textiles do not belong in your curbside recycling bins,” she said. “Make sure to bring them to a USAgain drop box for recycling if you do not donate them to a local thrift store.”

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City of Joliet Earns Recycling Award

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The City of Joliet won top honors from local textile recycler USAgain for municipal leadership with an award for “Outstanding Ordinance to Support Recycling.”

During the 2015 Green-T Award ceremony held at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, USAgain recognized the City for its work in making the City’s textile recycling infrastructure more effective. Earlier in the year, the City passed an ordinance that improves recycling efforts by regulating collection boxes through a much-needed permitting process.

“USAgain is proud to present Joliet with “Outstanding Ordinance to Support Recycling” and we applaud the City for adopting this ordinance and creating a process that holds recycling to the highest of standards,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain.

Joliet Mayor Bob O’Dekirk said, “Recycling is a foundational component to quality of life and we know that a strong system can contribute to a healthier, more united community.”

The Green-T Awards reward individuals or organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois.  USAgain believes that recognizing the efforts of green leadership encourages environmental stewardship at all levels.

See more moments from the 2015 Green-T Awards!

 

USAgain Wins Environmental Stewardship Award

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Textile recycler honored for excellence in Georgia two years in a row

STONE MOUNTAIN, GA (Aug. 31, 2015) – USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, was recently honored for its success in recycling and waste reduction within Georgia during the ninth annual Spirit of Green Awards, held by the Georgia Recycling Coalition (GRC).

For the second year in a row, the GRC presented USAgain with the Environmental Stewardship Award during its annual conference in St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. The award serves to highlight excellence in recycling and acknowledges individuals or organizations whose actions sustain the recycling industry’s viability.

Across the state of Georgia, communities are working to be more sustainable, balancing economic growth with environmental protection,” said Gloria Hardegree, Executive Director of GRC. “USAgain’s textile recycling initiatives are reflective of these efforts, proving to be economical and environmentally successful. While reminding us to use our resources wisely for greater efficiency, USAgain has helped businesses and governmental groups increase waste reduction efforts and provide new recycling opportunities with no added costs to city infrastructure.”

The added bonus, they say, is how recycling efforts have empowered communities with “convenient options and increasing environmental awareness.”

For the past 15 years, USAgain has provided textile recycling services to the residents of Georgia, helping to divert over 58,550,000 lbs of textiles from the state’s landfills. Working with organizations, community leaders and public officials, they have helped improve the environment by preventing over 409,850,000 pounds of greenhouse gases and landfill space by over 367,383 cubic yards – or over 28,539 garbage truckloads.

“Over the past 15 years, we’ve worked to improve recycling in Georgia as more communities are sharing a goal towards greater sustainability.” Said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Mutually beneficial partnerships with like-minded counties, cities, and schools have been key to our success here.”

With a no-cost, no-work and no-liability system for recycling participants, USAgain has implemented 1,300 clothing collection bins across Georgia. As the collections begin to reduce waste and create efficiency for waste management operations, they also produce revenue streams for partners thanks to the company’s revenue share program.

More than 12 million tons of textiles are discarded in the U.S. every year with only 15% being reused, recycled or repurposed. After creating 10 new partnerships in the past year, USAgain aims to grow recycling rates by continue making recycling more convenient to citizens of Georgia while improving the environment.

USAgain awards fourth-place winner St. Clare School with $250 from eighth annual Earth Month Challenge

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CHICAGO, IL (May 13, 2014) –USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company, is pleased to announce St. Clare School as the fourth-place winner of the 2014 nationwide Earth Month Challenge. St. Clare School, located at 214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois, had a total collection of 2,712 pounds of deposits and will receive $250 cash. Schools earned prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 for helping in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles.

The other four of five top winners include Pui Tak Christian School located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago with 4,023 pounds; Amador Valley High School located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California with 3,868 pounds; Byron Cusd No. 226 located at 696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois with 3,606 pounds; and Brentwood Academy located at 2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California with 2,557 pounds.

Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition targeting nationwide schools. Participating schools collected textiles for Earth Month in April, and the top five recycling schools will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. Over 600 schools were expected to participate, and all active participants earned funds per pounds of collected textiles. They’ll all receive a Certificate of Sustainability for their commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ⎯ teachers, students and visitors to the schools ⎯ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand shops will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.

For more information about USAgain and textile recycling visit: www.usagain.com

 

USAgain awards third-place winner Byron Cusd No. 226 with $500 from eighth annual Earth Month Challenge

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(CHICAGO, IL) May 13, 2014  – USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company, is pleased to announce Byron Cusd No. 226 as the third-place winner of the 2014 nationwide Earth Month Challenge. Byron Cusd No. 226, located at 696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois, had a total collection of 3,606 pounds of deposits and will receive $500 cash. Schools earned prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 for helping in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles.

The other four of five top winners include Pui Tak Christian School located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago with 4,023 pounds; Amador Valley High School located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California with 3,868 pounds; St. Clare School located at 214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois with 2,712 pounds; and Brentwood Academy located at 2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California with 2,557 pounds.

Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition targeting nationwide schools. Participating schools collected textiles for Earth Month in April, and the top five recycling schools will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. Over 600 schools were expected to participate, and all active participants earned funds per pounds of collected textiles. They’ll all receive a Certificate of Sustainability for their commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ⎯ teachers, students and visitors to the schools ⎯ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand shops will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.

For more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit: http://www.usagain.com

 

USAgain awards first-place winner Pui Tak Christian School with $1,000 from eighth annual Earth Month Challenge

Students receive money for recycling clothing

CHICAGO, IL (May 13, 2014) –USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company, is pleased to announce Pui Tak Christian School as the first-place winner of the 2014 nationwide Earth Month Challenge. Pui Tak Christian School, located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago, had a total collection of 4,023 pounds of deposits and will receive $1,000 cash. Schools earned prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 for helping in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles.

The other four of five top winners include Amador Valley High School located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California with 3,868 pounds; Byron Cusd No. 226 located at 696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois with 3,606 pounds; St. Clare School located at 214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois with 2,712 pounds; and Brentwood Academy located at 2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California with 2,557 pounds.

Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition targeting nationwide schools. Participating schools collected textiles for Earth Month in April, and the top five recycling schools will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. Over 600 schools were expected to participate, and all active participants earned funds per pounds of collected textiles. They’ll all receive a Certificate of Sustainability for their commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ⎯ teachers, students and visitors to the schools ⎯ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand shops will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.

For more information about USAgain and textile recycling visit: www.usagain.com

 

Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Chicago

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Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Chicago

CHICAGO (May 11, 2015) – Chicagoans looking to make more room in their closets this spring by ridding themselves of old clothing and shoes should think about the recycling bin instead of the garbage can.

USAgain, (pronounced use-again) is helping to make spring cleaning easy this year by equipping local communities with a convenient, accessible and earth-friendly resource to recycle their unwanted clothing and shoes and give them a second life.

“With textile recycling becoming more common throughout Illinois, it’s never been easier to recycle your unwanted clothes and shoes, which ultimately saves landfill space and helps protect the environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “More and more environmentally conscious consumers are looking beyond the trash cans because they now have a convenient, no-cost approach to ensuring their clothing gets recycled or re-used.”

In 2014, seven million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Chicago area residents. By diverting 6,994,983 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 49 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and saved more than 10 billion gallons of water and 39,971 cubic yards of landfill space.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that 85 percent of all unwanted clothing, or 12 million tons, end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but – as a green-focused company – our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that winds up buried in the landfills by changing people’s mindset and behavior when it comes to disposing of their clothing,” Wallander said.
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About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, 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, visit www.usagain.com to learn more and locate a recycling container near you.

Free Prom Dresses for Hundreds of Girls on the South Side of Chicago!

There were long lines, free prom dresses and lots of happy girls at a South Side school Saturday.

Some lined up outside Price Elementary in the early morning hours for the giveaway. Without this opportunity, some girls say they don’t know if they’d be able to get a prom dress.

Each girl received help from a personal shopper to make sure she found not only the perfect dress, but the right accessories.

“Actually it was the first dress I picked, but I didn’t know I was going to end up getting it,” said Dorothy Johnson. “When I tried it on, perfect. I had other dress I still wanted to try on they were like no get that one, get that one.”

“I love to be a part of what their experience is for prom and I look forward to this every year and I get just as excited as the prom kids,” said volunteer Carbeth Wilson.

Organizers expected to give dresses to 700 girls. The dresses were provided by “Prom Goes Green,” a partnership between the “Glass Slipper Project” and clothing recycler USAgain.

 

Check out the Saturday’s event media coverage below!
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ABC 7 News Coverage