Local clothing recycler USAgain opens Kankakee Clothing Drop Spot in time for post holiday clean-up
(KANKAKEE, IL) December 22, 2014 – Residents in the Kankakee area now have a new convenient way to discard their surplus clothing and textiles after the post-holiday clean-up. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent, and this extra trash adds up to an additional one million ton of waste a week that’s sent to the landfills, according to EPA.
USAgain (pronounced use-again), the West Chicago-based textile recycling company, will open their first storefront recycling center, Clothing Drop Spot, on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1250 N Hobbie Ave., Kankakee. This center will allow residents in the area to drop off their surplus clothing, shoes and other textiles to be reused or recycled 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This new concept for USAgain gives consumers the ability to put any of their textiles to be recycled into a chute on the outside of the storefront. Clothing and textiles will then be collected inside the store for reuse or recycling.
“We want to give people the opportunity to dispose of their clothing, shoes and textiles in a responsible way,” said Mattias Wallander, USAgain CEO. “This storefront allows us to give Kankakee area residents another convenient outlet to recycle their unwanted clothes. We are excited to have Kankakee be the first place to have a USAgain Drop Spot center. ”
In the past 12 years, USAgain diverted 425,770 pounds of clothing in the Kankakee area.
“In Kankakee, we make a concerted effort to be good stewards of the environment and we are pleased that USAgain is providing our community with a way to keep these textiles out of landfills,” said Nina Epstein, Mayor of Kankakee. “We are proud to be a green community and encourage our residents to continue to do their part.”
According to EPA, 85% (12 million ton) of textiles, that includes clothes, shoes, drapes, towels and other household textiles are landfilled every year. The consumption of clothing is going up, it has increased by 5 times over the past 30 years.
While this is USAgain’s first retail location, they have collection bins across the nation for surplus clothing, shoes and textiles. USAgain’s mission is to reduce the negative impacts of clothes and shoes on our environment by increasing their reuse and recycling. USAgain gives a new life to surplus clothing by putting them back in the use stream as second hand clothing. Clothes that are not in condition to be re-worn are shredded to make new material like insulation for homes and car industry or to reclaim fiber to make new fabric.
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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 2013 alone, the company collected 55 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 14,000 collection bins in seventeen 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