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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.

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.

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!

The Shoe Waste Epidemic

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A staggering 300 million pairs of shoes are thrown away and sent to landfills each year, and despite this massive amount of waste, it can all be avoided. Every pair of old shoes, no matter how worn-out or beat-up, can be reused or recycled and avoid being landfilled.

Read more about shoe recycling on our blog.

Earth Month Challenge

USAgain invites schools to participate in Earth Month challenge, a monthlong green,educationalno-workno-cost competition and fundraiser, earning cash for each pound of clothing and shoes collected.


  1. What is the Earth Month challenge?
    Throughout the month of April 2013, all participating schools will compete to collect the most textiles for recycling. The top five collecting schools will win cash prizes andall 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, or $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 Earth Month registration is March 31, 2013.
  5. How can we promote our USAgain collection bin during Earth Month?
    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 Earth Month contest?
    Mark your calendars! Earth Month is April 1-30, 2013.
  8. Why is textile recycling so important?
    The U.S. EPA estimates that 11.1 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.

*USAgain operates in these states only:
CA, WA, CO, IA, MN, WI, IL, IN, MO, MI, NY, NJ, PA, CT, GA, SD, ND.

Twin Cities Marathon
October 6, 2013

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USAgain has partnered with the Twin Cities Marathon to collected surplus clothing at the event. The USAgain/Marathon partnership has been going on for several years now, with over 10,000 pounds of clothing collected and recycled to date.

IKEA Earth Month Event

SCHAUMBURG, IL ­- West Southern California-based textile recycling company USAgain participated in Earth Month events hosted by IKEA’s Schaumburg store on April 9. Local companies, including electronics recycling firm Supply-Chain Services, Inc., set-up shop in IKEA’s parking lot in an effort to raise environmental awareness and divert used clothing, shoes, textiles and electronic devices from entering landfills.

Local residents contributed to the Earth Month event by dropping off unwanted electronics and clothing they found around the house. The collections’ final destinations, often to less-fortunate communities around the world, instilled a feeling of happiness in participants like Palatine resident, Carol, she said. Others, like Southern California residents Tony and Sara, were simply thrilled to rid their home of unwanted clothes and shoes.

Some participants, like IKEA employee O’Neal, were excited to learn that USAgain’s collection efforts continue 24 hours per day, 365 days per year at drop boxes conveniently located in the surrounding area.

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