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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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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

Students receive money for recycling clothing

(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

 

Over 4,500-plus pounds of textiles recycled at Moody Bible School Move Out event

USAgain graphicUSAgain’s Green Your Move Out fundraising program proved recycling on college campuses is a win-win for reducing waste and helping students take home a lighter load. Moody Bible School collected a total of 4,563 pounds of unwanted clothes and shoes this spring through USAgain’s bins conveniently placed around campus.

“The fact that torn garments, etc., can be included and formulated into useful items is a big plus,” said Oakley Smith from Moody Bible School. “The positive influence on the environment was something we were generally aware of, but seeing the specific numbers was quite astounding.”

Moody Bible School students can pat themselves on the back for helping to avoid textile wastes large enough to stuff a garbage truck.

“Most of the students and staff at Moody are eager and pleased to [deposit] unneeded clothing for reuse, and USAgain provides an easy resource,” Smith continued. “The turnout and participation were very good.  It seemed that the women were a little more likely to participate.”

Their move out program began on Mon., April 21, and USAgain made four bins available on campus until Mon., May 19. This textile recycling efforts prevented 31,941 pounds of CO2 emissions and helped save over 6.3 million gallons of water.

“Fast fashion is a big deal on college campuses,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “And with clothing and shoes going in and out of style so quickly, it’s a pretty big deal to have universities get involved in textile recycling. We appreciate how students came together to help give a ‘new’ life to clothing while helping curb waste.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that 12 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills in 2012. The goal of this program is to help students take action in waste reduction to create “green” campuses.  All textiles from the Green Your Move Out program will be reused or recycled depending on the quality of items.

Green Your Move Out helps college students give back, recycle

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. (Photo courtesy of Photobucket http://bit.ly/1jQQe9K)

Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. (Photo courtesy of Photobucket)

USAgain’s Green Your Move Out fundraising program proved recycling on college campuses is a win-win for reducing waste and helping students take home a lighter load. Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville (SIUE) and Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIU) collected a total of 7,683 pounds of unwanted clothes and shoes this spring through USAgain’s bins conveniently placed around campus.

Both universities’ students can pat themselves on the back for helping to avoid textile wastes large enough to fill 1.5 garbage trucks.

Separately SIUE students, who partnered for a second year with USAgain, gathered 5,360 pounds worth of textiles, and SIU collected 2,323 pounds with USAgain’s recycling bins during the Green Your Move Out program this May.

SIUE’s Student Move Out program began on Sat., May 3, and USAgain bins were available on campus until Mon., April 28. SIUE’s textile recycling efforts prevented 37,520 pounds of CO2 emissions and helped save 7.5 million gallons of water.

After hearing about the success of textile recycling from its sister university, SIU made the decision to get involved, too.

“Being the first year, we weren’t sure how it would work,” said Justin Schuch, Coordinator of Residential Leadership and Engagement at SIU. “But it worked out well, and it gave people a chance to put things to better use. Everybody should look at what they’re wasting, and what other people can get out of it.”

SIUC’s Student Move Out program began on Thurs., May 1, with eight USAgain bins placed at four resident halls. SIU recycling efforts helped prevent 16,261 pounds of CO2 emissions and saved 3.2 million gallons of water.

“There was great implementation to get stuff off campus, and that was super important to us so we could move forward to summer,” Schuch continued. “Universities should provide more opportunities to not add to [textile] wastes. And working with a company that focuses on giving back is something people should definitely explore. They know how to handle it.”

USAgain’s CEO can attest to this.

“Fast fashion is a big deal on college campuses,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “And with clothing and shoes going in and out of style so quickly, it’s a pretty big deal to have universities get involved in textile recycling. We appreciate how students came together to help give a ‘new’ life to clothing while helping curb waste.”

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that 12 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills in 2012. The goal of this program is to help students take action in waste reduction to create “green” campuses.  All textiles from the Green Your Move Out program will be reused or recycled depending on the quality of items.

If you liked this post, check out the related USAgain blog: “College students can meet the demand between frugality, fashion and recycling

USAgain awards Pui Tak Christian School with $1,000 grand prize for 8th annual Earth Month Challenge

Chicago’s Pui Tak Christian School is the champion in the eighth annual Earth Month Challenge. At 2:30 p.m., on Thurs., May 29, Pui Tak received its $1,000 prize in an open-to-the-press school assembly.

USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company that runs the competition each year, encouraged nationwide schools to get involved in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles. For its hard work and collection efforts, Pui Tak (located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave.) collected a sum total of 4,415 pounds of deposits during Earth Month in April.

“We are so pleased to be receiving the first place prize for this competition,” said Bonnie Ho, Pui Tak Christian School’s principal. “Through the combined efforts of our school, Chinese Christian Union Church, Oak Park Bible Church, Wheaton Alliance Church and the Chinatown community, we are helping make the world a healthier and safer place for future generations by reducing textile waste.”

The other top four schools earned cash prizes ranging from $100 to $750.

Amador Valley High School (1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California) earned $750 for collecting 3,868 pounds of textiles. Byron Cusd No. 226 (696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois) earned $500 for collecting 3,606 pounds of textiles. St. Clare School (214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois) earned $250 for collecting 2,712 pounds of textiles. And Brentwood Academy (2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California) earned $100 for collecting 2,557 pounds of textiles.

Over 600 schools participated in the contest, and all active participants earned funds for each pound of collected textiles. The total amount of textiles collected during the competition were 302,915 pounds, which resulted in preventing over 2.12 million pounds of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere, saving over 424 million gallons of water, and avoiding approximately 1,730 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough room to fill up 69.2 garbage trucks.           

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ¾ teachers, students and community ¾ 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 markets 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.