Community Recycling’s National Focus on Clothing and Shoe Recycling Unites Thousands of Local Communities Across the United States

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Changing the world of clothing recycling and elevating awareness about the value of reuse through the most convenient and engaging programs.

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We have set out on a mission to celebrate the cause of clothing recycling, with reuse as the central feature that connects people all over the US and the world.

To honor the holiday known as America Recycling Day, industry leader Community Recycling is proud to announce their national strategy on clothing and shoe recycling to dramatically increase education and awareness, while decreasing the materials that normally get sent to the landfill or incinerator. This day, usually reserved for traditional recyclables like aluminum and paper, occurs during a month when a hefty portion of consumerism strikes. Black Friday, Shop Local Saturday and Cyber Monday all add up to $282 Billion in clothing sales in the US. The time is NOW to focus on what we have, what we really need and what can we recycle with reuse in mind.

“Our goal is to make clothing recycling top of mind every day of the year,” said Ira Baseman, President of Community Recycling. “We have set out on a mission to celebrate the cause of clothing recycling, with reuse as the central feature that connects people all over the US and the world. That is why we are transparent in our actions. We want people to know and understand where their clothes go in an effort to make the world a smaller, a friendlier and greener place.”

Community Recycling is proud to be a for-profit recycler of clothing with a focus on reuse. This National Recycling Month, they are pleased to report an impressive array of clothing recycling know-how and exciting new programs across the country:

  •     Over 1,500 active ShoeBox Recycling hosts collecting gently used shoes in the hopes that they can Recycle their Shoes and find their SoleMate
  •     339 CR Bin Hosts located in communities that span Northern Virginia to Southeastern Pennsylvania; another 50+ hosts will come on board before the end of 2013
  •     Dozens of K-12 Schools are participating in CR Kids, a new program launched last fall to help educate kids about diverse cultures and the need for reuse; the ultimate goal here is to connect local schools in the US to schools in the countries where the clothes are going
  •     CR Campus, also launched last fall, has 50+ college campuses ready to participate in green move-out days at years’ end and even more lined up for next spring
  •     CR Home, the latest recycling program launching just in time for America Recycling Day, allows people to fill a box, print free shipping labels and recycle their clothes from the comfort of home. When complete, just hand it to the local postal worker! Recyclers will be able to print free shipping labels, learn where their clothes travel for reuse and the personal impact their choice to reuse has on their local community, the environment and across the globe. This recycling program, simply elegant by design, is being used by:
  •     Individuals anywhere across the US
  •     Municipalities
  •     Retailers

“We want everyone to know how to extend the useful life of their gently used clothes and shoes in a way that is easy and meaningful,” said Lisa Pomerantz, VP Marketing and Business Development for Community Recycling. “Reuse is the easiest, green thing we all can do to save our resources, create jobs and fuel our local economies.”

The EPA just recently released the results in their report, Facts and Figures for the 2011 Municipal Solid Waste and remarkably, clothing recycling today has an equivalent impact of removing one (1) million cars from the nation’s roads. That is more than more than five (5) times the impact of recycled yard trimmings, more than four (4) times the impact of glass recycling, more than plastics recycling and nearly the same impact as recycling aluminum.

The eco-friendly choice to join the Reuse Movement and keep landfills hungry not only supports Community Recycling’s ongoing mission of People Recycling for People within your community, but also in communities around the world. Currently, Community Recycling diverts between 2-3? 1-2 million pound of clothing, shoes, accessories and bags per week to reuse. That amounts to well over 100 million pounds per year for the good.


About Community Recycling
Community Recycling is proud to be a for-profit clothing recycler with a focus on REUSE. They have flipped the recycling triangle upside down and have mastered the most powerful ‘R,’ REUSE, with more than 98% of the goods collected destined for REUSE here and around the world. Engaging people in the communities where they live is essential to making the recycling process as convenient as possible. Community Recycling is effectively diverting millions of pounds of clothing, shoes and other secondhand things from landfills, generating new revenue streams for municipalities, townships, boroughs, commercial retail locations, schools, charities, thrifts; and fueling local economies by creating jobs both here and in emerging countries. Community Recycling offers a portfolio of innovative recycling programs including CR Home, CR Kids, CR Campus, CR Bins and ShoeBox Recycling. Visit us at for more information and please join us as one of our People Recycling for People.

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