Join Clothes Bin’s efforts to provide a convenient service for your neighborhood and boost the local economy, while reducing wasted resources and stress on the environment. Green initiatives and recycling programs are much more effective when they have buy-in from the communities they serve.
Why Is Recycling Important?
In general, recycling is an important way to:
- Prevent air, water, and soil pollution
- Reduce energy consumption and dependence on fossil fuels
- Decrease greenhouse gas emissions associated with global warming
- Reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills
- Save money on raw materials, while earning money
- Conserve raw materials and maximize the lifespan of harvested resources
What is Textile Recycling?
Textile recycling represents an area of opportunity that is just ripening. Currently, 85% of used textiles end up in landfills, amounting to 81 discarded pounds per person and an astounding 17 BILLION POUNDS overall! However, most of these discarded items can easily be recycled by selling them on the second-hand market, breaking them down for industrial use, or repurposing them altogether to make new textiles.
GreenMatters.com explains the general process of how fabrics get recycled. They are sorted by type (clothing, linens, towels, etc.), by fabric (natural vs. synthetic), and by color (in case re-dyeing is necessary). The sorted textiles are then shredded or pulled into yarn fibers that are cleaned, processed, and re-spun by knitting or weaving. Damaged or degraded fibers that cannot be spun is compressed into filling for insulation or mattresses. Polyester-based textiles can be granulated into polyester chips and melted into new polyester fibers.
Recycling Benefits for Local Partners
Clothes Bin partners experience numerous recycling benefits, as they:
- Earn public goodwill and publicity as a supporter of local “green” initiatives.
- Act as good stewards of the Earth by encouraging patrons to contribute to a recycling program.
- Provide a convenient way to drop off bags of unwanted clothes and shoes.
- Attract repeat visitors to the Bin location, inviting people to return periodically to recycle used items.
- Create more room in the local economy for the purchase of new items.
Who Are Clothes Bin Partners?
We partner with business owners, property owners, management companies of shopping centers, religious organizations, and schools who allow us to place our signature green Bins on their properties. Clothes Bin partnerships include organizations nationwide.
· Local Businesses & Property Managers
Retailers and property managers make great recycling partners. You already own the property, so why not maximize its profitability? Existing customers can feel good about the opportunity to go green. New customers may be attracted by the convenience of a textile recycling Bin on your property.
· K-12 Schools
Clothes Bin school partnerships are a win-win for all. PTAs benefit from the minimal effort of fundraising via textile recycling. Kids grow so fast; parents appreciate the easy place to routinely discard items that no longer fit. Students enjoy exercising social responsibility to benefit their schools and the environment.
· Apartments, Condos, Multi-Family Complexes
Apartment and condo residents move often and have less storage space than homeowners. These factors may lead to more frequent dumping. Providing educational materials on the benefits of recycling textiles can help curb the problem, while providing Bin owners with supplemental income.
· Churches and Religious Organizations
Religious organizations can play a part in community development and increase their visibility through a partnership with Clothes Bin. Clothing contributions are natural fit in this context.
· Universities & Colleges
Dorm textiles like sheets, blankets, rugs, and curtains, as well as clothing, often end up in the trash. College campuses can encourage students to recycle these textiles and support their school’s philanthropic initiatives. The school receives money for every pound in the Bin.
· Convenience Stores and Gas Stations
Convenience stores and gas stations are among our program’s most popular drop off sites. Hosting a Bin creates goodwill among regulars who’d like to do more for their community, while attracting passersby who may stop in for a few items, in addition to depositing their textiles for recycling.
With waste quickly piling up in landfills, providing a textile collection program has become more important than ever. Old clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, and other textiles account for 5% of municipal solid waste, according to the EPA. As a partner, you can provide a convenient way for community members to rid themselves of unwanted textiles at no extra work or hassle to you.
How To Become a Recycling Drop Off Location in Your Community
Contact Clothes Bin to learn more about local recycling partnerships. The Clothes Bin team will review your profile to ensure you’re eligible to become a recycling drop off location. Once you’ve been approved, you’ll be added to the program, the branded and highly-visible Bin(s) will be delivered, and you can begin collecting and recycling. After your location is set up, you’ll be included in our online listings on a searchable map, so people can find your location and our Bins. We can also provide a variety of useful posters, flyers, and materials to help you promote your local recycling program and raise money.