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Posted on: August 18, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Back to School - Clothing Recycling

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"More than 15 million tons of used textile waste is generated each year in the United States, and the amount has doubled over the last 20 years. An average American throws away approximately 80 pounds of used clothing per person. On average, nationally, it costs cities $45 per ton to dispose of old clothing. Synthetic clothing may take hundreds of years to decompose." - The Balance by Rick LeBlanc 

Nearly 100% of textiles and clothing are recyclable. Second-hand stores like Goodwill and Value Village accept clothing and textiles, even if they are not fit for resale, and send them to textile recyclers. You can also look for GEMTEXT drop boxes at local schools and churches to recycle clothing, shoes and textiles. 

Consider donating good quality clothing, shoes and textiles at:

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