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Get Ready for the America Recycles Day Challenge 2014!

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Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Join USAgain in raising environmental awareness beyond November 15 while diverting textile waste from landfills.

  1. What is the America Recycles Day challenge?
    Throughout the month of November 2014, all participating schools will compete to collect the most textiles for recycling. The top five collecting schools will win cash prizes and all schools will raise funds for every pound collected. By hosting a USAgain collection bin on your property, your school is offering students, faculty and the local community an eco-friendly and convenient way to recycle clothes and shoes while your school earns cash per pound of textiles collected.
  2. What can my school win?
    The top five collecting schools will win $1,000, $750, $500, $250, and $100, respectively. All participating schools will raise funds per pound collected.
  3. Will my school have to sell anything in order to raise funds in this program?
    No. USAgain textile recycling fundraisers and contests don’t require any work from your school, parents or students.
  4. Does my school need to sign-up or register?
    Yes. But if your school is already hosting a USAgain bin, you are automatically registered for our school contests. For schools not already hosting a USAgain bin, please sign-up to have a USAgain bin placed on your property.
    The deadline for America Recycles Day registration is October 30, 2014.
  5. How can we promote our USAgain collection bin during the America Recycles Day challenge?
    Downloadable promotional materials, including posters, handouts and flyers designed to help you spread the word in your community, are available here.
  6. How can I see my school’s ranking or collection totals?
    Track your school’s collection results in real-time at www.usagain.com/ard-contest-results
  7. When is the America Recycles Day challenge?
    Mark your calendars! The America Recycles Day challenge is November 1-30, 2014.
  8. Why is textile recycling so important?
    The U.S. EPA estimates that 12 million tons of textiles end up in the landfills every year. If collected, these trashed textiles are in a condition to be reused as secondhand clothing or repurposed for use as industrial wiping rags, insulation or furniture stuffing, among other uses. Learn more on our For Planet page.

 

 

Clothing Drive to Support Job Seekers

Clothing drive to support the mission of WHW (Women Helping Women/Men2Work), empowering disadvantaged job seekers to succeed.

Santa Ana, California (September 1, 2014) – USAgain, a local textile recycling company, announces the continuation of a clothing drive to support one of WHW’s employment support programs, providing business clothing to empower disadvantaged men, women and teens to achieve economic self-sufficiency through employment success.

The month-long drive starts September 1. Organizers will accept donations at USAgain collection bins throughout Orange County. The drive accepts new or gently used men’s and women’s business and casual clothing, shoes and accessories such as ties, belts, purses and jewelry.

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. “WHW has played an instrumental role in equipping men, women and teens to seek gainful employment. This year was a record-breaking year, serving over 6,500 people and the clothing that is donated truly does change lives by equipping our job seekers to look professional, which is a critical part of securing the job,” Robyn Williams, director of programs at WHW, said.

“We are very excited to be hosting this drive 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. USAgain looks forward to future community support and green events.

USAgain looks forward to future community support and green events.

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USAgain looks forward to future community support and green events.
Media Contact:

Trina Fleming
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Phone:949-631-2333 X304

Rasham Grewal
r.grewal@usagain.com
Phone: 708-908-0476
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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 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

Clothes, shoes recycling on college campus CSUSM saves 1.78 million gallons of water

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.

About USAgain
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.

 

Clothing recycling on the rise in the Southern California area

USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth

LAKE FOREST, CA. – Southern California area residents diverted 2.4 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to Lake Forest based textile recycler USAgain, demonstrating that convenience plays a key role in the continued growth of people recycling their unwanted clothing and shoes.

By diverting 2.4 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 17.1 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 3.4 billion gallons of water, and 14,034 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 562 garbage trucks.

With more than 14,000 recycling locations nationwide, USAgain provides local communities with a convenient option for discarding their unwanted clothing in an environmentally responsible manner.

“It’s great to see continued progress toward textile recycling and a growing recognition of the importance of keeping textiles out of landfills, which saves our planet’s precious resources, said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “We’re looking forward to making even greater strides toward reducing waste in 2014.”

Although nearly all clothing and shoes can be re-used, Americans currently recycle just 15 percent of their clothing, with the rest – a total of more than 11 million tons – ending up in the garbage, according to data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“A big picture goal of ours is to partner with more schools, municipalities and businesses to increase the textile recycling rate to 75 percent,” Wallander said. “Doing this would bring tremendous impacts in terms of resources conserved and carbon dioxide sequestered.”

Nationally, a total of 56 million pounds of textiles were recycled by USAgain. In addition, USAgain planted more than 200,000 trees around the globe in 2013, most in partnership with Trees for the Future, an agroforestry organization. The trees will serve to sequester carbon emissions and repair damaged ecosystems, helping to make the planet a greener, more inhabitable place.

For 2013 recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells r clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide communities with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.

 

Textile Collection Days in Santa Monica

USAgain has partnered with the City of Santa Monica for two one-day collection events in 2014, the first of which is February 8th, then December 13th. Both collections will be held at the City Yards, located at 2500 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA 90404. For more information, read the official press release.

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Check out the City’s website and Twitter page

UPDATE: Our first collection day at City Yards was a success! Thanks to all who came and recycled suplus textiles.

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Movie Night at Robinson Elementary School

USAgain’s Southern California division was proud to support Movie Night at Robinson Elementary School in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.

The event, sponsored by the PTA, was an opportunity for students to have fun and collect clothing to raise money for the school. Students and parents combined to collect 555 pounds of clothing at the event. Great work, Robinson Elementary!

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America Recycles Day Contest

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Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day. Join USAgain in raising environmental awareness beyond November 15 while diverting textile waste from landfills.

Find out how to enter your school for USAgain’s America Recycles Day recycling challenge! The top five chools will be awarded cash prizes of $1000, $750, $500, $250 and $100

West Valley High School Cheerleaders Recycle with USAgain

USAgain and West Valley High School in Hemet, CA, partnered to help raise funds to purchase outfits for the school’s cheerleading squad. In total, over 1,600 pounds of clothes, shoes and household textiles were collected for reuse and recycling as part of the fundraising effort.

The West Valley cheerleading squad got some firsthand experience recycling clothing and raising money for new uniforms. We look forward to working on school fundraising events in California in the future!

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USAgain’s California August Update

Click the thumbnail to learn about some of the work we’ve been doing in California.

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USAgain Wins Award from CRRA

USAgain was the recipient of the California Resource Recovery Association’s award for Outstanding Commitment to Closing the Loop in 2013.

CRRA presents several awards at its annual conference. The award for Outstanding Commitment to Closing the Loop is given to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has implemented an innovative program that features the procurement of products that reduce waste, have recycled content and/or are safer alternatives to toxic products.

Read the official release

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