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USAgain joins Cal State L.A. in making campus green

Textile recycling program helps students move-out with ease

ANAHEIM, CA Monica (Aug. 06, 2015)- With the help of USAgain, a for-profit textile recycler, Cal State L.A. collected 3,077 pounds of surplus clothing and shoes through the
Green Your Move Outfundraising program. The initiative was intended for students to lighten their move-out load, by recycling and preventing clothes from ending up in a landfill.

“Every pound of clothes or household textiles, we can recycle, is a win for us, but most importantly it’s a win for the environment,” said Mattias Wallander, USAgain CEO. “Just by recycling one T-shirt, you can save 1,300 gallons of water. But a staggering amount of clothing is going to landfills. The EPA estimates 12 million tons of textiles are landfilled in the U.S. every year.”

Cal StateIn order to make the eco-friendly fundraiser flow smoothly, USAgain bins were strategically placed throughout Cal State L.A.’s Student Housing Complex for student residents to access. The program was considered a huge success as students recycled 3,077 pounds of clothing, which translated to 7 million gallons of water saved and over 46,000 pounds of CO2 prevented.

“’Green Your Move Out gave us an easy and immediate way to teach our residents about reducing our impact on the planet while also empowering students with the opportunity to make a beneficial change right away,” said Mark Facio, assistant director of facilities for Housing Services at Cal State L.A. “Our waste management infrastructure benefited from the reduced load of textiles being thrown away, while USAgain gave us the opportunity to raise additional funds for every pound we recycled.”

“We are very excited to see the success of the program and strongly believe this will set a great example for other campuses looking to go green,” Wallander said. “When we help universities, it’s a win-win because students are our future and can potentially pass this useful message down to younger generations and perhaps even older.”

USAgain offers year-round eco-friendly fundraising programs for schools called Greenraiser.  With no-added campus costs, these education-based fundraisers help develop students’ awareness of textile recycling while earning funds for every pound of textiles collected for recycling and reuse. Check out the details athttp://www.usagain.com/greenraiser

Media Contact:

Rasham Grewal
r.grewal@usagain.com
Phone: 630-293-1239 ext. 1001

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About USAgain

 

USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is then diverted from landfills and resold to markets in need of affordable clothing. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection boxes in 19 states and has over 200 employees. USAgain has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations – including schools, churches, food banks, hospitals, fire stations, humane societies and youth groups – as part of its charitable giving program. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

USAgain Supports Job Seekers through Recycled Clothing

SANTA ANA, CA (July 29, 2015) —For the second year in a row, USAgain, a local textile recycling company, announces a county-wide clothing drive to support one of WHW’s employment support programs, providing business clothing to help the unemployed get and keep a good job.

The month-long drive, which will start on September 1st, will accept new or gently used men’s and women’s business and casual clothing, shoes and accessories such as ties, belts, purses and jewelry at USAgain collection bins throughout Orange County. WHW has been providing the unemployed and underemployed with skills and resources in the Orange County Community since 1993. Based in Santa Ana, the organization has served more than 70,000 job seekers since its inception. “WHW has played an instrumental role in equipping men, women and teens to seek gainful employment. This year was another record-breaking year with over 8,500 job seekers served. The clothing that is donated truly does change lives by equipping our clients to look professional, which is a critical part of securing and keeping a good job,” Robyn Williams, Director of Programs at WHW, said.

“We are very excited to be hosting this drive again and give the community a convenient option to help the cause,” Nick Yagar, USAgain Division Manager, said. “This campaign will collect clothing that will directly benefit WHW’s social programs. The additional advantage of diverting these items from the waste stream makes it a win-win for everyone.”

USAgain is a local recycling company actively spreading it’s message about textile recycling through community events and partnerships. “It’s an easy decision to give back to our local community by hosting these events. We thank WHW for giving us this opportunity,” CEO of USAgain, Mattias Wallander said.

According to data from the EPA, more than 12 million tons of textiles are trashed annually. On an individual level, the average American throws away 68 pounds of clothing per year. For more details on the event, visit www.usagain.com/whwclothingdonation. USAgain looks forward to future community support and green events.

Media Contact:

Rasham Grewal
r.grewal@usagain.com
Phone: 708-908-0476
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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry, USAgain is a for-profit company with a mission of diverting textiles from landfills. USAgain’s green and white recycling bins provide communities with a convenient way to dispose of surplus clothing and give it a second life. In 2014, USAgain collected 55 million pounds of textiles for reuse and recycling. USAgain operates over 12,500 recycling bins in 19 states and has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit www.usagain.com

About WHW
WHW is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide the unemployed and underemployed the skills and services they need to get and keep a good job. Since 1993, WHW has served over 70,000 job seekers referred by over 275 partner agencies at no charge. Each year more than 8,000 job seekers participate in programs focused on making them the most marketable candidate for the job they seek. Programs include: Employment Readiness Workshops, Computer Training, Job Placement Assistance, Employment Retention Assistance and Professional Apparel. For more information on WHW, please visitwww.whw.org.

Marymount California University Collaborates with USAgain to Green 2015 Move-Out

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Textile recycling program helps students go green and save green.

ANAHEIM, CA (July 23, 2015) – Marymount California University (MCU) partnered with USAgain, a for-profit textile recycler, as part of the company’s Green Your Move Out program. As a result, the university collected a total of 1,095 pounds of surplus clothing and shoes.

“Just by recycling one T-shirt, you can save 1,300 gallons of water. But a staggering amount of clothing is going to landfills,” said Mattias Wallander, USAgain CEO. “Getting young people involved, especially enthusiastic college students, is always a good thing since we can help them become environmentally responsible at an early age. Each university we partner with is an added bonus to our mission in helping communities go green.”

For the program, USAgain bins were placed at convenient locations on campus for students and faculty to access. The event successfully collected a whopping 1,095 pounds of surplus textiles. While reducing waste on campus, the partnership helped save over 2 million gallons of water and prevented 16,425 pounds of CO2 emissions.

“USAgain is a very convenient way for our student population to recycle textiles and provide a second opportunity to both their items and those who receive them,” said David Trujillo, associate director of residential life and student conduct at MCU. “The bins provided by USAgain allowed us to create recycling areas with distinct landmarks. Getting the items picked up was simple and quick. Marymount California University’s Office of Residential Life looks forward to continuing our partnership.”

USAgain offers year-round eco-friendly fundraising programs for schools called “Greenraisers.” With no additional costs and no added work for participating schools, these education-based fundraisers help students gain awareness of textile recycling and the costs associated with campus waste, while also earning funds for every pound of textiles collected for recycling and reuse. Check out the details athttp://www.usagain.com/greenraiser.

Contact:

Rasham Grewal

Email: r.grewal@usagain.com

Phone: 630-293-1239 ext 1001

About USAgain

USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is then diverted from landfills and resold to markets in need of affordable clothing. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection boxes in 19 states and has over 200 employees. USAgain has partnered with more than 1,000 organizations – including schools, churches, food banks, hospitals, fire stations, humane societies and youth groups – as part of its charitable giving program. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

Textile Recycling a Big Hit at the City of Chula Vista Earth Day Recycling Event

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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 info@usagain.com.

Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Southern California

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Clothing Recycler USAgain Makes Spring Cleaning Easy for Southern California

LAKE FOREST (May 11, 2015) –Lake Forest residents are looking to make more room in their closets this spring by ridding themselves of old clothing and shoes should think about the recycling bin instead of the garbage can.

USAgain, (pronounced use-again) is helping to make spring cleaning easy this year by equipping local communities with a convenient, accessible and earth-friendly resource to recycle their unwanted clothing and shoes and give them a second life.

“With textile recycling becoming more common throughout Southern California, it’s never been easier to recycle your unwanted clothes and shoes, which ultimately saves landfill space and helps protect the environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “More and more environmentally conscious consumers are looking beyond the trash cans because they now have a convenient, no-cost approach to ensuring their clothing gets recycled or re-used.”

In 2014, seven million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Lake Forest area residents. By diverting 3,035,969 million pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and saved more than 4 billion gallons of water and 17,348 cubic yards of landfill space.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency notes that 85 percent of all unwanted clothing, or 12 million tons, end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but – as a green-focused company – our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that winds up buried in the landfills by changing people’s mindset and behavior when it comes to disposing of their clothing,” Wallander said.

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About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com to learn more and locate a recycling container near you.

Victorville Clean Sweep Weekend

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Residents of the City of Victorville showed huge support for textile recycling by bringing in bags full of clothes and shoes at the Victorville Clean Sweep Weekend, on Saturday, April 18th. USAgain, a local textile recycler partnered to collect these items for reuse and recycling.

The Recycling Drop-off Center, on Saturday, helped residents conveniently recycle surplus household items. USAgain says the textile-recycling portion of the event helped to keep clothes and shoes from going to landfills. Around 1,400 pounds of textiles were collected, which resulted in preventing more than 9,800 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere.

Mayor Gloria Garcia set the stage by recycling her own bag of shoes at the mound of textiles collected. “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,” she said, while addressing residents at the event. “I highly encourage you today to dispose of household items at the recycling center,” continued the Mayor.

USAgain built a mountain of clothing to raise awareness about textile recycling. The company helped to promote the event by sponsoring two ASUS MeMO Pad 7 tablets to raffle. Residents who brought a kitchen-sized bag full of clothes or shoes to recycle were entered to win.

It takes less effort to recycle and reuse than most people think, according to Monica Petersen, a Marketing Coordinator in the Victorville office of Community Services.

“It just takes a little bit of awareness of the [recycling] locations that are designed for our community to make better use of their home goods,” she said.

USAgain is located in 19 states, and participates in more than 100 similar recycling events throughout the country every year.

Southern CA Residents Give a Thumbs Up to Clothing Recycling

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USAgain clothing collection bins continue to serve as a convenient recycling option

LAKE FOREST, CA (Jan. 20, 2015) – Three million pounds of clothing and shoes were diverted from landfills thanks to Southern California-area residents. That’s 693 garbage trucks diverted from going to landfills!

The national textile recycler provides an outlet to give surplus clothing a second life through a network of thousands of recycling bins located nationwide. By diverting 3,035,969 pounds of textiles, USAgain and its patrons prevented 21 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, saved more than 4 billion gallons of water, and 17,348 cubic yards of landfill space.

USAgain recycling programs are hosted in partnership with municipalities, local businesses, event based community drives and fundraisers for schools and non-profits.

“We want to commend Southern California area residents for their commitment to sustainability. These collections continue to keep clothing out of our landfills having a positive impact on our environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “Textile recycling programs are getting attention from municipalities with a goal to improve their overall waste diversion rates and we are working diligently to assist with their goal”.

Recent data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows 5.7 percent of the municipal solid waste (MSW) is textiles. A staggering 12 million tons of clothing and shoes end up in the garbage and make their way to the landfills every year.

“We are making progress but our mission is to further reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in the landfills through education and outreach events in addition to our clothing recycling bins,” Wallander said. “Every bit counts and our goal is to gain more partnerships and increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent.”

Contact:
Rasham Grewal
Email: r.grewal@usagain.com

Phone: 630-293-1239 ext 1001

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 12,500 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visitwww.usagain.com.

A kindergarten Class with Lots of Bags for Bucks

 

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Mountain View Montessori in Victorville, CA held a Bags for Bucks contest for the month of November. On December 5th the winner of the contest was announced.  A raffle ticket had been provided for each bag that the students brought in, for a chance to win a tablet.  The class who brought in the most bags also won a pizza party. The pizza party was awarded to a Kindergarten class with a lot of bags. Student Noey Lang brought in 100 bags himself, bringing their total to 199 bags!

It’s a small school, with only 160 students but they’ve definitely got spirit for the environment!

 

USAgain Sponsored Costume Swap

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USAgain sponsored the face painting as the group swapped old Halloween costumes divert them form landfills. A fun time sharing snacks and doing good for the environment!

Local Organizations Help Job Seekers Get Dressed for Interview Success

Women Helping Women has been supporting the Orange County community for years. As part of their ongoing efforts to support job seekers, they have partnered with USAgain to continue their clothing drive to collect business attire for disadvantaged men, women and teens.

On Tuesday, September 16th, USAgain went one step further in their support of the mission of WHW.

USAgain, a local textile recycling company who has been collecting professional clothing for WHW during a two-month clothing drive, delivered some of the donated clothing to WHW and then volunteered to be personal shoppers for two job seekers in need of a professional look for interviews.

Nick Yagar and Christine Wong of USAgain worked with WHW clients, helping them to navigate the process of selecting two professional outfits and accessories. The job seekers, who were not experienced in shopping for professional attire, enjoyed the personal attention and were delighted with their new looks, leaving WHW with confidence for their next interviews!

WHW is an organization that provides comprehensive employment support services disadvantaged men, women and teens to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment success. WHW has been serving men, women and teens in the Orange County Community since 1993. Based in Santa Ana, the organization has served more than 50,000 people since its inception.

To participate in the clothing drive, bag any business clothing, shoes or accessories you no longer want, write WHW with permanent marker on the bag and deposit the bag at a USAgain bin. You can find the nearest USAgain at http://www.usagain.com.