New York City to Start Clothing Recycling Program

New York City to Start Clothing Recycling Program

Cambria Bold
Jul 7, 2010

Starting this September, New York City will launch one of the largest textile recycling initiatives in the country—a major step for the city, especially considering that a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency stated than an estimated 10 pounds of clothes and textiles are thrown away per person, per year in New York, resulting in 190,000 tons of textiles that were shipped off to landfills in 2008 alone.

The city plans to make clothing recycling as easy as possible by installing 50 clothing-collection bins in high-traffic areas around New York. It's also currently in talks to develop a 10- to 15-year contract with a nonprofit organization that will be responsible for them, such as Wearable Collections, a New Jersey-based textiles-recycling group that picks up clean clothing, shoes, and hats for resale to impoverished countries at reduced costs. Unwearable clothes are usually turned into rags for businesses like the automotive industry or broken down for insulation.

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