Green Clothing Drives
The facts about recycling and opportunities it creates.
Recycling Facts, and why Clothing Drives makes sense.
On average it costs $30 per ton to recycle trash, $50 to send it to a landfill and $70 to incinerate it. Clothing makes up almost 5 percent of all municipal solid waste in the USA. In the USA, on average we throw away 70 pounds of clothing per person each year. For every 2.25 million tons of electronic waste only 18 percent (414,000 tons) was recycled and 82 percent (1.84 million tons) was disposed in such a way that probably ended up in a landfill.
Sterling & Baxter has kept approximately 119,000,000 pounds of clothing, 18,000,000 pounds of household items & 3,000,000 of other large items out of landfills over the last decade.
One large shoe manufacturer began a recycling program & has collected more than 25 million pairs of used athletic shoes. Several new car manufacturers use cotton from recycled clothing in its carpet backing and sound-absorption materials. According to the EPA, one bridge building project reduced their costs from $10 million to $1.3 million by building with reusable materials instead of constructing by traditional methods. That's a savings of $8.7 million!