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NYC TEXTILE RECYCLING
Written by Magaly Fuentes - Friday, 03 September 2010

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Fashion is ever-evolving as are we (we hope) and with each passing trend there is a pile of clothes left in our closet or our bottom drawer to dispose of. What if you could conveniently place that pile of clothes in a nearby recycling bin? Now, in at least one city, you can

In September, New York City will launch one of the biggest textile recycling initiatives in the nation, to make donating those barely used clothes easier than ever to eliminate landfill waste.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), each American throws away almost 10 pounds of clothing and bedding a year. In 2008, 190,000 tons of textiles were dumped in New York City’s landfills.

The recycling initiative would put 50 donation collection bins in high-traffic areas around the city, where people can easily deposit their unwanted clothing.

“I moved three times in the last five years, and each time I ended up throwing away clothes,” says 25-year-old Tracy Feldman. “It is just too hard to haul it all over the city. If there was a bin on my block, I wouldn’t hesitate to recycle them.”

New York is currently taking bids from nonprofit companies, including Goodwill Industries International, for a 10- to 15-year contract with a nonprofit company that will be responsible for maintaining the bins.

“There has not been another program like this that we know of,” said Goodwill spokesman Alfred Vanderbilt. “We think they are being very creative and we hope this sets a new standard.”

Officials say that if New York’s campaign is successful, it could cause a nationwide movement to recycle used clothing, which would not only create room in landfills; it could also create much needed jobs.

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written by Sarah Berenz, September 12, 2010
This is fantastic news. I'm so proud of NYC and The Goodwill Company for the initiative of this project! It really says a lot about us, as Americans, and our growing awareness plus action against the plight of shear waste so common in our nation. No, we cannot take back the decades upon decades of destruction on the beautiful terrain which has done nothing but nourish, cleanse, and clothe our bodies. We can, though, open our eyes NOW and take action by taking the time to throw some old sneakers or jacket with the torn lining into the Goodwill bin. No excuses. Easy as a trip to the garbage bin, but with an added reward of knowing you are not adding to those staggering statistics of landfill junk. Super awesome campaign that we should all be following!

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