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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.

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Divine Mercy Polish Mission Church awarded for Excellence in Green Fundraising

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WEST CHICAGO, IL (November 13, 2013) – USAgain, the textile recycling company based in West Chicago, IL, has announced the winners of its inaugural Green-T Awards. Among them is Divine Mercy Polish Mission Church, recipient of the award for Excellence in Green Fundraising.

The Green-T awards seek to recognize and positively reinforce individuals and organizations that support recycling and sustainability in Illinois.

The church recycled a total of 9,779 pounds of clothing and textiles in 2012, a truly impressive amount worthy of recognition. In addition to diverting a significant amount of clothing from landfills, Divine Mercy featured the textile recycling program in their newsletter, which helped boost the amount of items recycled.

“As the community of faith, we are delighted to contribute in keeping our earth clean and preserve its beauty as God’s creation,” said Father Ted of the church.

By recycling 9,779 pounds of textiles, the church saved over 68,000 pounds of CO¬2 from entering the atmosphere; they also saved over 13 million gallons of water through their commitment to recycling. Divine Mercy Polish Church’s commitment to textile recycling allowed the community to become more sustainable while also helping the church raise money.

“We’re happy to help Divine Mercy Polish Mission Church raise money through textile recycling,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We look forward to promoting sustainability and recycling with them in the future.”

Other recipients of USAgain’s Green-T Awards include Larsen Middle School, Will County Forest Preserve District and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. For a full list of award recipients, visit