Thu March 22, 2012
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, will partner with 10 District schools to provide drop-boxes where parents, teachers, and members of the community can conveniently discard clothing, shoes, and textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain offers green, education-based fundraisers that are designed to develop students' awareness to textile recycling while providing them a platform to educate others within the community.
This Friday, March 23, USAgain will place green and white drop-boxes at the schools. USAgain compensates all schools for their collections on a per-pound basis as part of their no-work, no-cost, education-based fundraising program for schools.
"Textile recycling is a huge issue in this country; according to the EPA, Americans discard approximately 13.1 million tons of textiles annually. Only 15 percent of that is collected for reuse and recycling - leaving 11.2 million tons of textiles to be dumped in our nations' landfills," said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. "We're thrilled to partner with these schools to raise awareness about the need for increased textile recycling and to support local education as well."
USAgain will install drop-boxes at the following District schools:
Ballard-Hudson Middle School
Burghard Elementary School
Carter Elementary School
Central High School
Ingram-Pye Elementary School
Morgan Elementary School
Southwest High School
Union Elementary School
Westside High School
Weaver Middle School
Additionally, local schools will participate in USAgain's Earth Month competition. During the month of April schools across the country hosting USAgain drop-boxes will compete to collect the most amount of textiles. The top three schools will be awarded cash prizes of $500, $300, and $250 respectively. All participating schools will earn cash based on pounds of clothes and shoes collected.
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells unwanted clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates more than 10,000 collection bins in 16 states. Their mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.