ReClothe NY Campaign Receives USEPA Environmental Champion Award

NYSAR3 and our ‘Re-Clothe NY’ Textile Recovery Campaign partners, (SMART), and (CTR) were thrilled to receive a U.S. EPA 2015 Environmental Champion Award on April 24th at EPA Region 2 Headquarters in NYC!

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The New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse, and Recycling (NYSAR3), in collaboration with the Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), is launching a statewide textile recovery campaign on November 15, 2014 (America Recycles Day), with the goal to spur local action from all New York State residents to divert their unwanted textiles from the waste stream through recycling.

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has determined that approximately 1.4 billion pounds of clothing and textiles are disposed of in the state annually.  NYSAR3, SMART, and CTR have estimated that the market value of these discarded textiles exceeds $200 million, and that over 9,000 jobs would be created across NY state if those materials were recovered for reuse and recycling.

Given the enormous social, economic, and environmental benefits that textile recovery has the potential to create, our campaign aims to educate New Yorkers about the reuse/recyclability of the various textiles they dispose of and give them the tools they need to find the most convenient drop-off locations nearest them.

The links and resources found in this section are intended to help you recycle textiles you no longer need.  And it doesn’t just stop at clothes!  Many collectors will accept footwear, bedding, curtains, stuffed animals, and other items in addition to clothing.  Consult our complete list of acceptable materials and our Featured Collectors page for more information.  To learn more about what happens to donated items, click here.

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