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Contact: Donna L. Brock
ATLANTA (May 31, 2016) –West Chicago, Ill.-based, clothing recycler USAgain the month announced that Clark Atlanta University won first place in the organization’s ninth annual Earth Month Challenge. Across Georgia, 14 schools participated in the challenge and together collected 3,113 pounds of textiles, which helped prevent 46,695 pounds of carbon emissions. Earth Month is observed annually during April.
Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition that encourages students to collect clothes and shoes for rewear, reuse, and recycling. The month-long competition began March 15th. The winners were chosen based on the total pounds of textiles collected in the USAgain bin placed at the school premises. Over the course of the competition, Clark Atlanta collected 673 pounds securing the first position and was closely followed Lindley Middle School in Mableton, Ga., and the University of Georgia, which secured second and third positions, respectively.
Bonita Dukes, advisor for Clark Atlanta’s Living Green Club, said she is honored to receive the award on behalf of Clark Atlanta University, and is very happy with the success of the USAgain Textile Recycling Program on campus. “It is very important,” she noted, “that we all do our part to divert as many recyclables as we can from landfills to help improve our environment. We value USAgain as a campus partner in these efforts.”
“Congratulations to all of the participating schools for their impressive work. It's great to see schools so enthusiastic about the competition, and we hope it has inspired them to be keen recyclers," said USAgain CEO, Mattias Wallander. “Reusing and recycling resources are the best ways to begin building a more sustainable environment.”
Wallander noted that, according to the U.S. EPA, 11 million tons of unwanted clothing is thrown into the trash and buried in landfills each year in the U.S. Conversely, the 15 percent of clothing that does get a second life is equivalent to taking one million cars off the road for a year.
USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, is a for-profit company that collects clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills and put back into the use-cycle, saving natural resources. USAgain offers fundraisers for schools and non-profits through recycling programs. USAgain maintains more than 10,000 collection bins in 15 states and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. For more information, visit www.usagain.com to learn more and locate a recycling container near you.
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