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For Release: Wednesday, November 26, 2014

DEC To Host "Clothes The Loop NY" Textile Recycling Event

The Public Is Encouraged to Drop off Old Clothes, Shoes and Other Household Textiles to Be Reused or Recycled

In partnership with NYSAR3, Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency and the Town of New Paltz, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is hosting a "Clothes the Loop NY" recycling collection and educational event at the DEC New Paltz Office on Saturday, November 29 from 9 am - Noon. The event is part of a statewide environmental campaign to encourage residents to recycle unwanted clothing, footwear and other textile products. Collection receptacles will be available for recycling drop off from the public for one day only at this location.

"Hudson Valley residents can make a significant difference in the amount of waste discarded when they take the time to donate clean textiles for reuse and recycling," said DEC Regional Director Martin Brand. "Not only does this initiative prevent textiles from ending up in the landfill, but it conserves resources and creates jobs, representing the best of the green economy. DEC is pleased to be partnering with the Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency and the Town of New Paltz to heighten awareness of textile recycling through this public event."

The effort is aimed at increasing the recovery of clothes and textiles in the community. Across the U.S., only 15 percent of these materials are recovered for reuse and recycling, while 85% is trashed. NYSAR3, a statewide professional recycling association, estimates more than 1.4 billion pounds of clothing and textiles -- with a market value exceeding $200 million --are trashed annually in New York State; 95 percent of which could have been recycled.

Acceptable Items:

  • Clothes: all items should be clean and dry; rips, stains, missing buttons, non-functioning zippers are okay
  • All footwear
  • Accessories: hats, gloves, scarves, pocketbooks, duffle bags, totes, belts, ties;
  • Linens: sheets, blankets, comforters, dishtowels, throw rugs, draperies, table linens, placemats
  • Stuffed animals

Non-Acceptable Items: carpets, rugs, mattresses, bric-brac, oil rags, wet or mildewed items.


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