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Fibers, Clothing, Carpets

  • Carpet recycling increases much needed landfill space

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    Within the construction and demolition industry, carpet recycling remains top of mind for industry players. As such, states such as California, and organizations such as the Carpet American Recovery Effort (CARE), are leading the charge in establishing carpet recycling programs that will lessen the affect carpeting discards have on the environment.

  • California carpet program awards micro-grants

    Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE)’s California Carpet Stewardship Program has awarded grants of $10,000 Each to five companies for its Cycle 1M Micro-Grants for Collections/Reuse Programs pilot.

  • CARE members divert over 488 million pounds of carpet

    The CARE Annual Report, released by the Carpet America Recovery Effort, reports that CARE members diverted more than 488 million pounds of carpet from U.S. landfills in 2016, down nearly 6 percent from 2015.

  • Soles4Souls keeps shoes out of landfills

    The Council for Textile Recycling estimates that the average U.S. citizen throws out 70 lbs. of textiles every year which adds up to 21 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste, annually. Meanwhile, 900 million people around the world live on less than $2 a day.

  • Mattress Recycling Council marks millionth unit recycled

    The Mattress Recycling Council’s Bye Bye Mattress program has recycled its one millionth mattress.

  • Recycled textile associations combat media misconceptions of secondhand clothing

    Autumn news coverage in Newsweek and the Huffington Post cast the secondhand clothing industry in a less than favorable light.

  • Re-Clothe NY Coalition renews outreach campaign

    The Re-Clothe NY Coalition, a collaborative group of recyclers, non-profits, and governments working to increase textiles reuse and recycling across New York State, announced a renewed outreach campaign to encourage residents to donate and recycle their unwanted clothing and household textiles, rather than put them in the trash.

  • California Carpet Stewardship assessment to increase in 2017

    The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has disclosed an updated assessment fee of $.25 per square yard on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective January 1, 2017.

  • Massachusetts launches textile recycling initiative

    Each year, Massachusetts residents throw away 230,000 tons of textiles, while 95 percent of this waste can be recycled or reused in some manner.

  • California Carpet Stewardship assessment hiked

    The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and CalRecycle disclosed an updated assessment fee of $.20 per sq.yd. on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective April 1, 2016.

  • American Textile Recycling acquires collection facility

    Clothing recycler American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) has acquired a clothing collection facility in Indianapolis.

    ATRS, based in Houston, Texas, purchased the clothing and shoe collection facility formerly owned by Retail Management Specialists of Eastern Missouri LLC, which operates Red Racks and Team Thrift stores.

    Published in the March 2016 Edition of American Recycler News

  • New York Governor signs clothing collection bin legislation

    New York State Bill A.5317 was signed into law by Governor Cuomo on December 14, 2015.

  • New York Department of Sanitation offers curbside collection of clothing

    To help NYC residents responsibly recycle their unwanted clothing and textiles, the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) is launching a pilot program to pick-up clothing and textiles from residents at their curbside through a special one-time collection this fall.

  • Standards set for sorting clothes

    Textile Recycler, based in Houston, Texas and a member of the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the international trade association of the for-profit used clothing reuse and recycling industry, diverts more than half a million pounds of clothing and 10,000 pounds of shoes each week from landfills with the use of automated sorting systems.

  • Textile recycling program receives EPA award

    Re-Clothe NY, a statewide campaign to promote clothing and textile recycling in New York, received a 2015 U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award in April.

  • DuPont partners on fiber recycling

    DuPont Industrial Biosciences and EcoStrateSFS, Inc. signed an agreement establishing the first post-consumer recycling program for commercial and residential carpet made with DuPont Sorona® renewably sourced fiber.

  • CalRecycle to boost carpet recycling

    In a move expected to bolster carpet recycling in California, the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) has agreed to changes to the state’s carpet stewardship plan to boost funding for recycling efforts.

  • American Textile Recycling Service closes the loop

    ATRS collected approximately 10,000 pounds of clothing, shoes and household textiles through its Pledge2Recycle America Recycles Day campaign.

  • FLOR saves 3,000 pounds of used carpeting from landfills

    FLOR Inc., revealed that the brand collected roughly 3,000 pounds of Denver, Colorado residents’ used rugs and carpets on America Recycles Day.

  • Increasing clothing recycling is the goal of the “Clothes the Loop” campaign

    “Clothes the Loop” is the theme of a statewide campaign to promote clothing and textile recycling.

    Throughout New York, municipalities are initiating an outreach campaign that encourages residents to “Clothes the Loop” by recycling their unwanted clothing and household textiles.

    “By engaging local municipalities to promote clothing and textile recycling, the New York State Association for Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR3) is making a great step forward in educating the public about the importance of keeping used clothing out of landfills,” says Jackie King, executive director of Secondary Materials And Recycled Textiles (SMART) Association.

    SMART is the international trade association of the for-profit textile and used clothing recycling industry, while the Council for Textile Recycling works to bring together all aspects of clothing recycling including manufacturers, retailers, consumers, academicians, and municipal employees.

    According to NYSAR3, each year, New York State residents dispose of some 1.4 billion pounds of recoverable clothes and textiles, with an estimated market value over $200 million. NYSAR3 estimates that some 9,600 jobs would be created across the state if that material was dropped off for reuse and recycling. Across the country, only 15 percent of recyclable clothes and textiles are actually recovered; 85 percent ends up in the trash.

    SMART estimates the average person throws away 70 pounds of used clothing annually; of those 70 pounds, 95 percent could have been reused or recycled. Industry officials say only clothing that is wet (mildewed) or has been contaminated with a solvent such as gasoline, paint, or odorous cleaner cannot be recycled.

    According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent report on municipal solid waste (2012), 14.33 million tons of waste is generated annually that is exclusively clothing and other household textiles. Of that amount, only 15.7 percent or 2.25 million tons is recycled.

    Published in the January 2015 Edition of American Recycler News