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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

Clothing recycling on the rise in the Chicago area

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. – Chicago-area residents diverted 8.1 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to the West Chicago-based textile recycler USAgain, demonstrating that convenience plays a key role in the continued growth of people recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes.

By diverting 8.1 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 56.8 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 11.3 billion gallons of water, and 46,368 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 1,855 garbage trucks.

With more than 14,000 recycling locations nationwide, USAgain provides local communities with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing in an environmentally responsible manner.

“It’s great to see continued progress toward textile recycling and a growing recognition of the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, which saves our planet’s precious resources, said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re looking forward to making even greater strides toward reducing waste in 2014.”

Although nearly all clothing and shoes can be re-used, Americans currently recycle just 15 percent of their clothing, with the rest – a total of more than 11 million tons – ending up in the garbage, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“A big picture goal of ours is to partner with more schools, municipalities and businesses to increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent,” Wallander said. “Doing this would bring tremendous impacts in terms of resources conserved and carbon dioxide sequestered.”

Nationally, USAgain recycled a total of 55 million pounds of textiles. In addition, USAgain planted more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2013, 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 2013 recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit


About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.


USAgain Tree Planting
200,000 Trees in 2013

USAgain’s environmental commitment stretches beyond clothing and textile recycling. In 2013, USAgain is expanding its green initiative by launching a tree-planting campaign, which will result in 200,000 trees being planted in regions of Ethiopia, Kenya and Honduras. By partnering with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry resource center based in Maryland, much-needed trees will be planted in these impoverished, environmentally-ravaged areas.




A semi-arid, mountainous region in southwestern Ethiopia, Konso is the site of USAgain’s tree planting partnership with Trees for the Future, helping to expand two watershed restoration projects in the villages of Duraite and Lehaite. Since 2010, Trees for the Future has been helping to reverse systematic agricultural and overgrazing failures in the area, working to prevent the highly erosive soils in both villages from washing away each wet season.


Due to illegal activities, including timber harvesting, charcoal production, and fuel wood collection, Mount Kenya National Park experienced massive deforestation in the 1980s and 1990s. In an effort to reverse the negative effects deforestation has left on the region, nearly five million trees have been planted in and around Mount Kenya National Park, with USAgain contributing an additional 85,000 trees to be raised in six local nurseries.


Two areas in Honduras have been selected for the USAgain tree planting project. An important watershed, source of irrigation and a stop for migratory birds, the Corralito Wildlife Reserve will receive 20,000 seedlings in 2013. Las Lajas, a major hydroelectric resevoir that provides more than 40% of the electric power for Honduras, will receive 45,000 seedlings of various species in a project meant to reforest the surrounding area.

Featured Employee Profile
Doug McCreight


Doug is Chicago’s Division Manager, responsible for managing operations in Chicagoland, Northern Indiana, Southwest Michigan and Eastern Iowa.

Doug studied Sports Management at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in addition to earning his MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He likes to spend free time playing golf, poker and coaching softball, and appreciates working at a company concerned with protecting the planet for his children to enjoy.

SMART Executive Director Visits USAgain Headquarters

USAgain’s Chicago headquarters was pleased to host Jackie King, Executive Director of Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles (SMART), for a visit and tour of facilities. SMART has been a leading association in the world of wiping materials, used clothing and fiber reclamation since 1932. USAgain became a SMART member earlier this year.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of SMART,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “’We look forward to working with them to promote the secondhand clothing industry and increase business opportunities for ourselves and others in the industry.”

Like many SMART member-organizations, USAgain seeks increased opportunity to collect textiles for reuse and recycling. Increased opportunities for textile recycling will lead to waste diversion and new jobs in the green sector, the part of the economy comprised of eco-centric businesses.

The secondary textiles industry is estimated by SMART to be worth nearly $1 billion worldwide, but considering that only 15% of textiles are currently diverted from the waste stream, there is room to grow and do good for people and planet in the process.

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Evanston Recycling Fair & Public Works Equipment Expo

Check us our at the City of Evanston’s recycling fair – we’ll be collecting textiles for reuse and recycling. Fair attendees will also be able to recycle electronics, tires, batteries and more without leaving their cars. See the official release and learn more on Evanston’s website.

Evanston recycling fair logo

Featured Site Sponsor
Will Co. Forest Preserve District
Will County, IL

USAgain has partnered with the Will County Forest Preserve district to collect clothing and other textiles at over a dozen locations throughout the County’s Forest Preserve system.

Preserves where USAgain collection bins are located are:


Learn more about the partnership on Will County Forest Preserve District’s website


Westfield Fox Valley Mall
Aurora, IL

Westfield Fox Valley Mall Marketing Director Lia Osbourn

Since launching USAgain’s April’s Earth Month Initiative in 2010 to divert 5 Million pounds of clothing from landfills, we have had the pleasure of working with Lia Osburn, Marketing Director for the Westfield Fox Valley Mall. Lia has been integral to the success of our campaign through her tireless work to encourage shoppers to come out, support our cause and clean out their closets!

Lia wholeheartedly embraced USAgain’s Earth Month challenge, encouraging store and consumer participation, showcasing our Earth Month exhibits inside the Fox Valley Mall and placing four convenient clothing drop boxes at the mall entrance.

Lia’s strong marketing skills and sensibilities helped to drive shoppers to the Fox Valley Mall to learn more about the benefits of textile recycling and encouraged them to pass the word on to their families and friends. She is clearly committed to making our planet a cleaner, better place.

And to thank Westfield Fox Valley Mall and Lia for their fantastic support and participation, USAgain will donate funds towards their support of “Aurora Green Lights”, a local group dedicated to improving Aurora’s environmental sustainability and host of the first environmental fair in the area.

We salute Lia Osburn and the Westfield Fox Valley Mall for their commitment, dedication and support in making the City of Aurora a cleaner, healthier place for years to come.

The OAKS Senior Center
Galesburg, IL

USAgain is pleased to partner with The OAKS Senior Center (Older Americans Knox, Inc.), whose motto is “seniors helping seniors,” to offer the Galesburg, IL, community an eco-friendly option to rid their closets of reusable but unwanted clothes, shoes and other textiles.

“I hope that many people will make use of this new bin as the more textiles collected the more OAKS will be able to keep helping seniors in other ways,” said OAKS president, Beverly Tracy.

The OAKS has been helping seniors since it’s incorporation in the early 1980’s and is completely supported by its members and friends. It has never received any government grants or funds.
The OAKS Senior Center

176 N. Farnham St.
Galesburg, IL 61401
phone: (888) 571-2015

Galway Cafe
Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst, Illinois’ Galway Cafe serves great food and offers dancing every night until 4 A.M. This lively, entertaining USAgain partner is also active in eco-friendly activities, displaying a USAgain collection bin outside their restaurant in an effort to collect unwanted clothing and divert them from landfills.

The collection bin is essential in gaining the attention of new customers, said manager Mary Passaris. An eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious image is important to some consumers, and hosting a USAgain collection bin helps Galway Cafe display its true colors.

Passaris hopes the collection bin will motivate customers to recycle more often, she said.

Galway Cafe
12045 Roosevelt Road
Elmhurst, IL

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