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Clothing recycling on the rise in the New York City area


USAgain’s 2013 textile recycling totals show continued growth


Mount Vernon, NY. – NYC area residents diverted 4.1 million pounds of clothing and shoes away from landfills in 2013, according to Mount Vernon-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 7.5 million pounds of textiles from landfills, USAgain and its patrons saved 52.8 million pounds of CO­2 from entering the atmosphere, over 10.5 billion gallons of water, and 43,158 cubic yards of landfill space. That’s enough to fill 1,727 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



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.




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All shoes recycled at Warrior Dash will be given a second life as secondhand shoes or recycled into new products like playground surfacing and insulation for vehicles. USAgain is also making a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital on behalf of Warrior Dash (a donation will be made for each race).

Amityville School Wins Third Place in Nationwide Recycling Contest

USAgain announces that Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School in Amityville has won third place in the textile recycling company’s nationwide Earth Month Contest for the “most pounds collected overall” category.

Held throughout the month of April, USAgain’s Earth Month Contest saw over 500 schools around the country compete for cash prizes while collecting clothing, shoes and other household textiles in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Since partnering with USAgain, Park Avenue Memorial Elementary School has collected 8,700 pounds of textiles, saving 12,180,000 gallons of water, preventing the emission of 60,900 pounds of CO2, and freeing 49 cubic yards of landfill space.

According to the EPA, 11 million tons of clothing and other textiles are dumped in landfills each year in the United States. In an effort to divert textile waste from landfills, USAgain partnered with local schools to collect clothing & shoes. The top three schools in two categories, the most pounds collected overall, and the most pounds collected per student, are awarded cash prized of $500, $300 and $350 respectively.

This year 510 schools across the country participated in the Earth Month Contest. Exactly 210,362 pounds of textiles were collected for reuse and recycling, saving 1,202 cubic yards in landfill space, and preventing 1,472,534 pounds in CO2 emissions.

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USAgain also offers no-work, no-cost fundraisers and educational field trips at their warehouse locations in 11 states.


About USAgain
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells unwanted clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in seventeen states. The company’s 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

Clothing Recycling Catching on Among New York Residents

New York-area residents diverted more than 7.5 million pounds of clothing and shoes from landfills in 2012, the textile recycler USAgain announced today.

That amounts to 1,731 garbage trucks of clothing. It also saved more than 43,000 cubic yards of landfill space, more than 53 million pounds of carbon emissions and more than 10.6 billion gallons of water in 2012.

Nationally, USAgain, a for-profit clothing recycling company, diverted nearly 58 million pounds of unwanted clothing and shoes last year that would have otherwise been thrown into the trash and ultimately buried in landfills.

“This was a major accomplishment in curbing the negative impact that irresponsible textile disposal can have on our environment,” said USAgain CEO Mattias Wallander. “More people are beginning to realize and understand the environmental benefits in seeking a convenient way to having their old clothing recycled and re-used instead of throwing it in the garbage.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Americans discard 85 percent of unwanted clothing and shoes into the trash each year, amounting to more than 11 million tons of textiles that get dumped in landfills.

“Considering 85 percent of all textiles end up in landfills, all of us need to do a better job of looking for ways to recycle and re-purpose clothing,” Wallander added. “But when zero-cost recycling options like USAgain and charitable organizations are accessible and convenient, we can have a positive impact on the environment.”

The 58 million pounds of clothing that USAgain recovered would fill 13,257 garbage trucks. It would also fill 52 football fields – or one football field a week – 1 yard deep with reusable material. Overall, USAgain saved nearly 332,000 cubic yards of landfill space, conserved 406 million pounds of carbon emissions and spared 81 million gallons of water in 2012.

“Textile recycling isn’t just a trend we’re noticing in one specific part of the country,” said Wallander, noting USAgain’s growth throughout the nation during the past year. “Recycling habits are catching on nationwide.”


About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – 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 diverted from landfills. In 2012, USAgain was awarded an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. It maintains more than 10,000 collection boxes in 18 states and has nearly 200 employees. For more information, visit