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Textile Recycling Changes in La Porte County

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Read original article at laportecountylife.com

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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Making Prom Dreams Come True

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Is your closet full of dresses you no longer wear? Now there is a way to clean your closet, help the environment and give back to Chicagoland high school seniors by recycling your special occasion dresses.
These dresses will be made available at a dress boutique on April 18 and April 25. The boutique is located at Price School, 4351 S. Drexel Blvd., in Chicago.

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Glass Slipper Project and USAgain Collecting Special Occasion Dresses

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Annual event provides Chicago-area girls with the prom of a lifetime

CHICAGO (February 12, 2015) – Is your closet full of dresses you no longer wear? Now there is a way to clean your closet, help the environment and give back to Chicagoland high school seniors by recycling your special occasion dresses.  Prom Goes Green, a partnership between Glass Slipper Project and clothing recycler USAgain, is now collecting dresses to giveaway to girls in need of a prom dress. 

The Glass Slipper Project provides an opportunity for Chicagoland high school seniors to select a new or gently prom dress at no cost to wear to their school’s prom. The event also provides an opportunity for those looking to donate and recycle their gently used special occasion dresses.

Dresses may be dropped off at green and white USAgain bins located throughout the area. The process is simple for donors – bag your surplus dresses in great shape, label the bag PROM with a permanent marker and drop off the dresses in USAgain bins, locations available at www.usagain.com. Check out more drop off locations at http://www.glassslipperproject.org/donations/drop-off-site-locations

“Every year we are able to help more and more girls look their best on their special day as well as do something beneficial for the environment,” said Dorian Carter, Founder of the Glass Slipper Project. “Everyone should have the chance to find the dress of their dreams and we are pleased to continue to be able to offer this opportunity at no cost.”

These dresses will be made available at a dress boutique in April where high school seniors will have the opportunity to select a dress to wear to their event. The dress boutique is scheduled for two Saturdays in April: April 18 and April 25. The boutique is located at Price School, 4351 S. Drexel Blvd., in Chicago.

“Students have the opportunity to help the environment while finding a prom dress that is cost effective,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of West Chicago-based USAgain. “We also want to thank those who have recycled their dresses as we couldn’t do this without you. This is a win-win for these students and the environment.”

Thousands of dresses will be available at the event, and shoppers need only to present their valid student I.D. from any local high school – public or private, city or suburban – to take one home.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw out 85 percent of their clothing, amounting to more than 11 million tons of textiles that get dumped in landfills. USAgain, a for-profit company, offers a convenient, no-cost alternative to dispose of unwanted clothing and shoes by collecting unwanted items in its green and white bins.

Chicagoland Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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

CHICAGO, IL (Jan. 20, 2015) – Seven million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Chicago-area residents. That’s 1,598 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 6,994,983 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 49 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 10 billion gallons of water, and 39,971 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 Chicago 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.

National Textile Recycler Announces 2014 Diversion Rates

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

CHICAGO, IL (Jan. 20, 2015) — More than 54 million pounds of textiles were collected in USAgain recycling bins across the country in 2014. That’s 12,311 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 54 million pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 378 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 75.6 billion gallons of water, and 308,571 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. More than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states provide residents with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing and shoes in an environmentally responsible manner.

“We want to reduce the negative impacts of clothes and shoes on our environment by increasing their reuse and recycling. The key is to make textile recycling a convenient part of everyday life,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “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.”

USAgain has been proactively working with the national trade association for the clothing recycling industry — the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association to create and promote a uniform and equitable regulation for the placement and servicing of clothing collection bins across local municipalities.

USAgain continued its commitment to the environment by planting more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2014, 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 more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit:

For 2014 recycling information specific to USAgain’s divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.
Media Contact:

Rasham Grewal
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 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

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.

 

 

GREEN-T Awards and Film Screening

Tuesday, October 7 Agassiz Elementary School 2851 North Seminary Chicago, IL 60657

If you’re interested in the environment, recycling, climate change and networking with local green leaders, join us in celebrating sustainability and recycling on October 7 at Agassiz Elementary School!  USAgain’s Green-T Awards honor some of those who are helping make Illinois a greener place to live through textile recycling. Stay for a free screening of DISRUPTION, a new, fast-paced cinematic journey through the wild world of climate change: the science, the politics, the solutions and the stories that define this crisis at this pivotal point in human history.  


Reserve your free tickets here!

Program

  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Free Registration and Hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:00 pm – 6:15 pm: Welcome by Mattias Wallander (CEO USAgain)
  • 6:15 pm – 6:35 pm: Green-T Award Ceremony
  • 6:35 pm – 6:55 pm: Keynote Speaker
  • 6:55 pm – 7:00 pm: Intermission
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Film screening of DISRUPTION
  • 8:00 pm – 8:15 pm: Q&A

2013 GREEN-T Awards

Earth Month Recycling Challenge

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Raising money for extracurricular activities is typically high on any school’s to-do list, but what about raising awareness for recycling? USAgain is proud to announce that schools can do both in the Earth Month Challenge. For every item of clothing and shoes diverted from landfills through this program, the school will raise money and foster recycling awareness.

All participating schools will raise money based on pounds collected, and the top five collecting schools will win additional cash prizes of $1,000, $750, $500, $250 and $100. Schools will be able to track their collections on USAgain website.

Textile Collection Events in Chicagoland

We’ll be collecting clothing, shoes and other textiles at one-day events throughout the Chicagoland area this year. Check out the list below for information on an event near you!

January 18 – Montgomery event – 9AM – Noon – in front of the police station

February 15 – Montgomery event – 9AM – Noon – in front of the police station

March 15 –  Montgomery event – 9AM – Noon – in front of the police station

April 19 – Montgomery event – 9AM – Noon – in front of the police station

April 19 – Schaumburg Recycling Event- 10AM – 3PM – School District 54 Office, 524 E. Schaumburg Rd.

April 26 – Carol Stream Recycling Extravaganza/Earth Day Festival – 10AM – 2PM –  Carol Stream Town Center

April 26 – Glendale Heights – 8AM – Noon – location TBA

April 26 – Elk Grove Village – 10AM – 2PM – Rainbow Falls Park – 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd

May 3 – Park Ridge Park District – 11 AM – 3 PM – Wildwood Nature Center, 2701 W. Sibley Ave

May 17 –  Montgomery event – 9AM – Noon – in front of the police station

May 17 – Woodridge event – 8AM – Noon – location TBA

May 31 – Wayne Township – 9AM – 1PM 27w031 North Ave

USAgain launches national holiday giving campaign with Boys and Girls Clubs

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CONTACT: Rasham Grewal

(708) 908-0476

r.grewal@usagain.com

 

USAgain launches national holiday giving campaign with Boys and Girls Clubs

Clothing recycler will donate clothes to local children in need during season

 

St. Louis, MO (November 1, 2013) – USAgain, the textile recycling company, is collecting winter clothing that it will donate to local Boys & Girls Clubs throughout the nation during the holiday season. Items may be deposited into USAgain bins throughout the month of November.

USAgain will donate winter coats, hats, gloves and mittens to Boys and Girls Clubs during the week of December 10, 2013. Clothing collected by each division office will be distributed to a local Boys & Girls Club, where it will be donated to a child or family in need. The initiative provides a convenient, accessible method for people to donate locally during the season of giving.

“We’re proud to be giving back to local Boys & Girls Clubs this winter,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We encourage people to use our bins to ensure that their surplus winter items find a new home with those who truly need them.”

Donated clothing may be slightly worn but still in good enough condition to be work again. The campaign is running in 10 cities; USAgain will donate clothes in: Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, New York, Pennsylvania, St. Louis, San Francisco, and Seattle.

“By providing our communities with an alternative to throwing away unwanted clothing, not only are we helping conserve landfill space—we’re supporting the Clubs, too,” said Teresa Johnson, Director of Operations for Boys & Girls Club Silicon Valley, CA that received the donations last year through this program.

To find a USAgain recycling bin to drop off winter clothing, simply visit http://www.usagain.com/find-a-collection-bin and enter your city or ZIP code. Items of all styles and sizes are accepted, and all items placed in the bin should be placed in a bag.

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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry – is a for-profit company with a mission of diverting textiles from landfills. USAgain’s green and white recycling bins provide communities with a convenient way to dispose of surplus clothing and give it a second life. In 2012, USAgain collected 58 million pounds of textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain operates over 10,000 recycling bins in 18 states and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit www.usagain.com