USAgain Keeps Clothing Out Of Landfills
WILKES BARRE USAgain is helping keep millions of tons of clothing and shoes from going into landfills and the company Nike NFL Jerseys China has a warehouse in Wilkes Barre.
You drop it, we ship it, let use it again! That's the logo on bins and trucks at USAgain's warehouse in Luzerne County.
Workers unload bags full of used clothes and shoes placed in USAgain bins all across northeastern Pennsylvania. Those used clothes and shoes people wanted to get rid of may have ended up in a landfill.
"We collected about 5 million pounds of unwanted clotheslast year. It equivalent to 1,200 full garbage trucks that would have gone to a landfill," said USAgainmanager Pete Palmiero.
But all the used clothing will not head to landfills. Instead the clothes and shoes will get packed up and sent all across the country, and even to other countries. There they go to thrift stores, and organizations that will sort them, and get them to people in need. where people of limited means can buy the clothes inexpensively," Palmiero said.
You can drop off your clothes at any USAgainbin you see. And the company collects any type of clothing, even if the clothing is in bad shape.
"Clothes that are unusable don get reused. They get recycled into insulation, or some go into used rags."
Palmierosays a USAgain warehouse will add more workersduring the summer when clothing collections are at their highest.
Palmieroadds any business can have a USAgain bin on their property, and help give back to the environment.
I'd like to further respond to this story.
1) Is it really true that those millions of pounds of clothes USAgain's Pennsylvania division collected last year "would have gone to a landfill," as manager Pete Palmiero claims? I seriously doubt it. Used clothes a Cheap NFL Jerseys CHINA highly valuable commodity are also collected by numerous organizations across the nation. Oxfam estimates the global trade in used clothing at over $1 billion annually. If USAgain did not collect the used clothing, most of it would surely be collected by other groups. So it is not the case that all of these items would likely end up in a landfill if USAgain did not collect them.
2) USAgain, along with other for profit clothes collectors and out of town nonprofits, are reportedly causing donations to dwindle at local charities. This raises the concern that there aren't enough clothes donations to support all the groups collecting them, despite USAgain's assurances to the contrary.
3) The reporter says that some of USAgain's clothing will "get to people in need," which some may infer to mean these clothes are being distributed for free. But then Mr. Palmiero more correctly points out that "people of limited means can buy these clothes inexpensively." Translated to plain language, USAgain's clothes are being sold not given to poor people.
Much of the goods USAgain collects are shipped overseas to be sold to Africans and other foreigners. USAgain's competitors do so as well. But critics say the flood of cheap American apparel into Africa has devastated that continent's native textile industries.
What happens to all those American clothes overseas once they're completely worn out even by the standards of Africa's poorest? Reports by the United Nations and Uganda's Makerere University say solid waste management in many African countries is woefully inadequate or even nonexistent in some places. These reports say that high percentages of urban solid waste don't reach legal disposal points but rather end up in the environment. Open dumping is the most common waste disposal method in many urban areas.
One might assume, then, that most old clothes collected in the USA and later sold in Africa likely won't be recycled at the end of their useful life, but will be discarded as trash, which at best ends up in an African landfill, or, at worst, in an open pit or wetland.
Are we, in effect, shipping our solid waste to poor countries that are far less prepared to properly dispose of it?
Please research before you donate. Thank you for allowing me to express my opinions.
Unfortunately the local charities that Mr. Wade Larsen refers to are only open limited hours, they will only accept clothes that are in season and in good condition. These drops off bins will except any textiles and are accessible 24/7.
The local charities also do not give the clothes away; they sell them to generate income to support their programs. I know that USAgain has a revenue sharing program that allows site hosts to donate the monies to a charity of their choice.
I also find it hard to believe that the donations to the local charities are dwindling when the EPA estimates that only 15% of all textiles are re used or recycled and that 85% still end up in landfills.
I believe the more options we have to be environmentally conscious the better we are!
1) Some nonprofits do accept ripped, unwearable clothing. The Wilkes Barre Salvation Army does.
2) While USAgain's bins may be convenient after hours, many cities across the USA claim that some of the boxes cause blight and public right of way issues (24/7 accessibility includes the trash dumpers). And some towns' officials complain that non local companies are getting a free ride paying no local taxes or fees even though little or none of the proceeds from their collections benefit the local populace.
3) Despite your disbelief, many media stories do report that groups like USAgain are causing donations to dwindle at local charities. Just a few excerpts:
"Local nonprofits that provide free and low cost used clothing report a dramatic decline in donations since a national for profit recycler, USAgain, expanded its Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys local presence."
Pueblo Chieftain, Colo.; 2013.3.23
"Legitimate non profit organizations in Sioux Falls like Y Buys, that supports the YMCA, say they estimate they lost out on thousands of pounds of donations ever since cheap nfl jerseys USAgain showed up two months ago."