Planet Aid expands into
Pittsburgh for clothing recycling
Planet Aid, a non-profit clothes recycler, has entered
the Pittsburgh market, planting its yellow recycling bins throughout
the city and offering residents greater convenience and more choices
when discarding old clothes and other items.
Founded as a Massachusetts non-profit agency in 1997,
Planet Aid has expanded across the country, collecting, bundling and
selling more than 70 million pounds of old clothes each year in its 8,500
The organization is dedicated to improving the lives
of people in developing countries in Africa and Asia, along with protecting
the environment and providing relief aid.
Planet Aid typically forms partnerships with local
merchants and institutions that allow it to locate its collection bins
on their sites.
The organization, which plans to put 200 bins around
the Pittsburgh area, donated more than $5 million to worthy development
programs around the world last year. Since 2001, it has been a partner
with Johnson & Johnson
in support of the fight against the AIDS epidemic in Southern Africa.