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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.

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.

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!

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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