95% of textiles can be recycled but only 15% of post-consumer textile waste (PCTW) gets recycled and 85% end up in landfills. The US alone is responsible for about 11 million tons of textile waste per year. In 2013, 2.3 million tons of textiles were recycled and according to the US Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), the environmental impact of this number was the same as taking 1.2 million cars off the road.
According to the EPA, textiles and fabrics have one of the lowest recycling rates for any reusable material. We are partnering with clothing brands, retailers and other recyclers to advance the awareness of the growing need to recycle textiles and to encourage and support a culture that practices reuse. To do this we created a program called "Green By Pound". The program encourages everyone to drop off their used/unwanted textiles for free at our facility for recycling. It also encourages thrift stores and retail stores to recycle their overstocks with us in exchange for money. We weigh their overstocks and pay for them by the lbs(pound). We then sort and bale these textiles and export them overseas for reuse. Through this program we hope to accomplish the following yearly:
Increase Textile Recycling Rates
Reduce Post-Consumer Textile Wastes by at least 21,120,000 lbs, thus saving the city & taxpayers $464,640 as it costs $44 per ton just to unload or dump the waste at a landfill.
Reduce Methane emissions, a harmful greenhouse gas and a significant contributor to global warming
Help Charities raise revenue so they can fund important community programs
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