Wear Donate Recycle

Binny is County Recycling’s Official Representative Of The Global “Wear Donate Recycle” Movement

Wear Donate Recycle

is the global movement that educates and engages people, government and businesses to support programs that encourage the diversion of textile waste from landfills and the supporting of community sharing (Giving Bus). The Recycling of textiles is also the only product that not only helps on an environmental standpoint but on a philanthropic one as well.

The goal is zero post-consumer waste in our landfills by 2037. Accordingly the movement includes legislation, ensuring the legitimacy and transparency of industry organizations.

Did You Know?

  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports clothing and textile recycling has a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gases then the recycling of yard waste, glass and plastic.
  • Americans discard an average of 68 pounds of textile waste per year, that’s 25.4 billion pounds of textiles annually!!!!
  • 70% off the world wears secondhand clothing!!!!

According to the EPA, 2 million tons of textiles are currently recycled annually. This is equivalent of removing 1 million cars from America’s highways. This is more than 5-times the impact of recycled yard trimmings (170 thousand cars removed); is more than 4-times the impact of glass recycling (210 thousand cars removed); more than plastic recycling (640 thousand cars removed); AND is nearly equal to the impact of aluminum recycling (1.3 MILLION CARS REMOVED)

Environmental Facts;

  • 90% of post-consumer textile waste is recyclable
  • 2 million tons of unwanted clothing and textiles are recycled annually
  • That number only represents 20% of all textile waste, 80% ends up in land fills
  • Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of the waste stream
  • The EPA estimates that the average U.S. citizen discards approximately 68 pounds of clothing and textile waste annually.
  • A rubber soled shoe takes approximately 50 years to breakdown

Philanthropic Facts;

  • The purchase of recovered textiles provides millions of dollars per year to charitable organizations and serves as a critical source of revenue to support ongoing community-based programs. Note: many causes are not in the clothing collection business, they simply license their band to a for-profit company, who then compensates them to support there mission.
  • Collections also help provide goods to local giveaway programs, such as County Recycling’s, Binny’s Giving Bus initiative.

Usage; (After Local Giveaway Programs)

  • 45% is used as apparel which is sold locally to thrift stores and exported to emerging markets where the demand for affordable clothing is particularly high. NOTE; this procedure is used almost exclusively by all the large charitable and commercial organizations to help fund their causes. Be it philanthropic, environmental or in County Recycling’s case both.
  • 30% of recovered textiles not suitable for reuse become wiping and polishing cloths used in commercial and industrial settings.
  • 20% of non-useable textiles are reprocessed into fibers for furniture stuffing, upholstery, insulation, sound proofing, carpet padding, making new clothing, building and other materials. ** secondary materials
  • 5% is unusable and not fit for recycling or reuse.

Legislation;

County Recycling with legal guidance has helped draft legislation for the placement of textile recovery bins within city limits. This process rids the community of the liability of illegally placed bins and ensures the legitimacy of industry companies. This turn-key regulatory and zoning package as well as consulting is offered by County Recycling to municipalities cost-free.

Accepted Items;

  • All unwanted clothing
  • All types of paired footwear, sneakers, dress/casual shoes, boots and cleats
  • Handbags and purses
  • Scarves, hats, gloves
  • Sheets, towels and blankets