Pounds of Clothing and Textiles Saved From Landfills*
The following is information from the EPA regarding textile recycling.
Just the Facts
- An estimated 12.7 million tons of textiles were generated in 2009, or 5.2 percent of total municipal solid waste (MSW) generation.
- An estimated 13.8 percent of textiles in clothing and footwear and 17.1 percent of items such as sheets and pillowcases was recovered for export or reprocessing in 2009.
- The recovery rate for all textiles is 14.9 percent in 2009, 1.9 million tons.
That means we still have over 85% that is not recovered! Charity Clothing Pickup is working with non profit organizations and the public to help get this number down.
We are always looking for new programs to help people redistribute their used textiles. If you have any suggestions for new collection methods we would love to here from you. Use the contact us form.