USAgain’s Green Your Move Out fundraising program proved recycling on college campuses is a win-win for reducing waste and helping students take home a lighter load. California State University in San Marcos, Calif., (CSUSM) collected a total of 1,272 pounds of unwanted clothes and shoes this spring with USAgain’s bins conveniently placed around campus.
CSUSM students can pat themselves on the back for helping to avoid textile wastes that would’ve summed up to 8,904 pounds of CO2 emissions. The university also helped save over 1.78 million gallons of water.
“The USAgain bins at CSUSM student housing provided a convenient method for students to clean out their apartments during move out while giving back to a wonderful cause,” said Leslie Nevins, Associate Director of Residence Education, UVA & The QUAD.
Separately CSU University Village gathered 511 pounds worth of textiles, and CSU Quad Apartments gathered 761 pounds with USAgain’s recycling bins during the Green Your Move Out program this May.
CSUSM’s Student Move Out program began on Thurs., May 22, and USAgain bins were available for students to help with reuse alternatives.
“It was also convenient for students to have access to the donation bins 24 hours a day since many students have full schedules during the work day,” Nevins said. “We congratulated and thanked our residents for such a successful donation and look forward to working with USAgain in the future.”
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that 12 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills in 2012. The goal of this program is to help students take action in waste reduction to create “green” campuses. All textiles from the Green Your Move Out program will be reused or recycled depending on the quality of items.
USAgain — a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, Illinois — is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of surplus clothing, which is diverted from landfills. In 2013, USAgain was awarded an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. It maintains more than 14,000 recycling bins in 19 states.