Wed May 27, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ATLANTA, GA (May 27, 2015) Morgan County, GA has entered into agreement with USAgain, a local textile recycler to provide residents convenient ways to recycle more household waste beyond traditional items like paper, plastics, cans and glass.
Residents will now be able to give a second life to their surplus clothing, shoes and household textiles like drapes, towels, sheets, etc by placing these items in USAgain textile recycling bins located at Morgan County’s 12 collection sites. Currently, less than 3% of household waste is recycled in Morgan County. According to the Waste Department website, 95% of what is thrown away could be recycled. Meanwhile, the EPA reports that on average Americans recycle at a 34.5% rate.
Hoping to bridge the gap between Morgan County's rates and the national average, the County Commission approved the recycling partnership on April 21st, the day preceding Earth Day 2015. According to County leaders, diversion of waste is key in reducing costs in city infrastructure and improving energy efficiency.
"For Morgan County, two of the primary benefits of textile recycling are to reduce our solid waste disposal costs and reduce our carbon footprint," said County Manager, Michael Lamar.
Additionally, diverting trash from landfills for reuse in the marketplace creates green jobs and generates revenue while saving natural resources. According to the U.S. EPA, 85% of all discarded textiles – 12 million tons – are sent to U.S. landfills every year. Textile recyclers – such as USAgain – puts materials back into the use cycle, conserving natural resources, preventing greenhouse gas emissions and saving landfill space.
Ellen Warren, District 4 Commissioner said that she is very excited about the USAgain textile-recycling program. In a note on the topic, Warren said she is looking forward to using it herself to recycle her old clothes and help improve our environment through the use of the program.
In addition to this partnership, USAgain hosts 950 recycling bins throughout Georgia. "USAgain is thrilled to partner with Morgan County as it’s an important step forward to help raise awareness and access to increasing textile recycling,” said Mattias Wallander CEO of USAgain.
List of Textile Recycling Locations:
For more information about USAgain and textile recycling visit: www.usagain.com
USAgain - a leader in the textile recycling industry, USAgain 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 2014, USAgain collected 55 million pounds of textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain operates over 12,500 recycling bins in 19 states and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit www.usagain.com