Thu September 1, 2011
DEERFIELD, Il. - September 1, 2011 - Today USAgain, the company that helps divert millions of pounds of clothing and textiles from landfills each year, announced a partnership with the West Deerfield Township to benefit the West Deerfield Food Pantry.
"According to the EPA, 12.7 million tons of textile waste is generated each year and only 15% of this is collected for reuse and recycling, the remainder going into landfills. We are thrilled to partner with West Deerfield Township to support their local food pantry while combating the problem of textile waste," said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander.
USAgain has installed their green and white clothes collection bin at the Township. Residents can deposit unwanted clothing, shoes and other textiles in the USAgain drop box. USAgain will service the bin at least once per week, or more as needed. Deerfield will be compensated for each pound of clothing collected and all of this revenue will be donated to the West Deerfield Food Pantry.
"This is a wonderful response to our residents' concern for the environment as well as their generosity towards the food pantry. Everything that goes into this bin will have another use," said Julie Morrison, West Deerfield Township Supervisor.
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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 2010 alone, the company collected 56 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in fifteen 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.