Mon November 3, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(CHICAGO, IL) November 1, 2014 – Today, USAgain the company that helps divert millions of pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles from landfills each year, kicks-off its eighth annual America Recycles Day Contest to benefit local schools. The event is a contest-based fundraiser in honor of America Recycles Day, running from November 1 to November 30.
Raising money for extracurricular activities is typically high on any school’s to-do list, but what about raising awareness for recycling? USAgain is proud to announce that schools can do both in the America Recycles Day Challenge. For every item of clothing and shoes diverted from landfills through this program, the schools will raise money and foster recycling awareness.
The top five competing schools will receive cash prizes; $1000 for first place, $750 for second, $500 for third, $250 for fourth and $100 for fifth. All participating schools will earn funds for every pound collected. Community members are encouraged to help out their local schools in the challenge by depositing their unwanted textiles in the recycling bins placed at participating schools. Schools will be able to track their collections on USAgain website.
With an EPA yearly estimation of 12 million tons of textiles clogging landfills, the America Recycles Day Contest aims to make a dent in that number through a concentrated effort of textile reuse and recycling.
Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain, says, "We are very encouraged by the response we get to the America Recycles Day Challenge. Students, their families and community members step up their efforts of recycling textiles helping to eliminate the 85% of shoes and clothes that end up in landfills each year. We hope these efforts continue throughout the year.”
For more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit:
USAgain - a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visitwww.usagain.com.