Chula Vista Collection Event
Residents of the City of Chula Vista showed huge support for textile recycling by bringing in bags full of clothes and shoes at the Earth Day recycling event on April 25 at Otay Ranch Town Center Mall.
The event helped residents recycle surplus household items conveniently. Over 900 community members came to drop off household hazardous waste, e-waste, medical waste, tires and textiles. The textile-recycling portion of the event helped to keep clothes and shoes from going to landfills. Around 3,955 pounds of textiles were collected, which resulted in preventing more than 27,685 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere. Funds raised from the clothing drive were given to support Computer 2 San Diego Kids, a local non-profit supporting families with technology assistance to improve their educational options and their futures.
According to EPA, 85% of textiles are going to landfills, that is 12 million tons pf perfectly reusable or recyclable clothing going to landfills every year. Events like this help raise awareness about textile recycling and gives communities an opportunity to divert clothing from landfills.
USAgain is located in 19 states, and participates in more than 100 similar recycling events throughout the country every year. To host a clothing drive or textile recycling program, email firstname.lastname@example.org.