WHY YOUR TOWN NEED BINS & DRIVES FOR CLOTHING RECYCLING
Dear xyz town,
Towns spend hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in tipping fees when their citizens throw their clothes in the trash. An estimated 81 lbs per person are going to the trash (SMART). This is only increasing. Clothes and shoes are one of the largest growing waste streams in the world (A tipping point: the Canadian textile diversion industry) Only about 14.2% of clothes and shoes in the US are currently reused and recycled (EPA). Most people don’t think of clothes as a recyclable objects but they should.
Unlike plastics and other traditional recycling markets which are tightening and collapsing, clothing recycling bins and drives provide added value back to town recycling programs, including:
Reducing town trash tipping fees
Shrinking the town’s carbon and wastewater footprint
Receiving environmental credits from state and local agencies
Reducing expenses for recycling events
Fundraising for clothes collected
Creating domestic jobs
Please consider promoting bin placement and drives in your community through responsible clothing collectors. Outlawing bins is just like outlawing any recycling initiative. If you are in this footprint, you can contact HELPSY for bin placement and drives.