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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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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!
WBBM 780 Radio spot!
ABC 7 News Coverage