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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
trinaf@whw.org
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.

 

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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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!

SoCal cheerleading fundraiser

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.

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USAgain Announces Appointment of Nick Yagar as Division Manager for Southern California Operations

LAKE FOREST, CA – USAgain, the textile recycling company is proud to announce and welcome Nick Yagar as Division Manager for the company’s Southern California operations.

Nick joins USAgain with 20-plus years’ experience managing a business of laundry equipment in residential buildings in the Los Angeles area. During his successful tenure, Nick directed all the sales and business development efforts to grow and manage a business at 3,500 sites. This breadth of managerial experience makes Nick a natural fit and a true asset for leading the USAgain’s SoCal division.

“We’re very excited to welcome Nick to our team” says Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Under his guidance, we look forward to a successful expansion of recycling operations in the area.”

Nick will serve an instrumental role in USAgain’s growth in Southern California, bringing tight focus on building stronger team and improving customer relations while expanding USAgain textile recycling programs in the local community.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the USAgain team,” says Yagar. “I look forward to leading the Southern California division toward our goal to be the premier clothing and shoe recycler in the region.”

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About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that collects unwanted clothing and other textiles to keep them out of landfills. In 2012 alone, the company collected 58 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in eighteen states. Their mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit www.usagain.com

West Valley High School Fundraiser

USAgain SoCal helped West Valley High School in Hemet, CA organize a clothing drive fundraiser to raise money for new cheerleading uniforms. With our help, they managed to collect over 1,600 pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles. Well done, ladies!

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West Southern California recycling company gives new life to unwanted textiles

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WEST Southern California – After spending several years working with nonprofits in Central America and Africa, Mattias Wallander saw the need for clothes and other textiles there.

He also knew about the amount of clothing waste in the U.S. and the lack of initiative being taken to address it.

Together with his wife, he founded USAgain, a for-profit recycling company that collects unwanted textiles and distributes them for resale in marketplaces and thrift stores across the globe.

“We could see the need for finding a solution to keep the material out of landfills here, and, at the same time, the need to reuse that material in less-developed countries,” Wallander said.

USAgain started in Southern California in 1999, before expanding to Southern California and Atlanta in 2000. It now has locations throughout the U.S. The Southern California division’s branch is based in West Southern California. The company has more than 1,400 collection bins throughout the Southern California region.

USAgain accepts clothes, shoes, accessories and household textiles such as towels, sheets and curtains. Damaged items may be recycled, as long as they’re able to be repaired, which actually can create jobs in the countries where some items are shipped, Wallander said. If something is moldy or soiled with oil, however, it cannot be reused.

Once textiles are donated to USAgain, they are weighed, sorted and packed. They then are sold for cents on the pound to thrift stores or other sellers. About half of the textiles go overseas, and many items are sold by local entrepreneurs in marketplaces in Central America, Wallander said.

USAgain has collection bins in communities near West Southern California, including Wheaton.

The city of Wheaton adopted a series of regulations for collection bins in 2010 after holding several public hearings, said Tracy Jones, a staff planner with the city.

Besides the USAgain bins, there also are an assortment of other bins in the city for charities and for-profit companies, Jones said.

There is no permit process in place, but bin owners must comply with zoning ordinance regulations that define the appropriate size and location of bins. The regulations also state that the name and phone number of the bin owner must be posted.

Depending on how much typically is donated at a USAgain bin, textiles may be picked up daily, once a week or once every two weeks. Currently, about 200,000 pounds are collected each week from bins in the Southern California region, Wallander said.

Although the amount of textiles that are recycled has increased over the years, this is because people are consuming more than in the past, he said. Overall, the percentage of textiles that end up being recovered has stayed about the same.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, this was about 15 percent in 2010.

Wallander said there are benefits to recycling textiles, from job creation to environmental relief to support for poorer communities across the globe.

“We’re competing with the trash can,” Wallander said. “We’d like to see more people making the choice to reuse instead of trashing.”

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