Nation's Fastest Growing Textile Recycler Announces Record-Breaking Clothing & Shoes Collected in 2014

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Successful Clothing & Shoe Recycling programs at American Textile Recycling Service promote local donations and help divert unwanted textiles from landfill.

Every pound of textiles recycled reduces the CO2 footprint in our communities.

"We truly believe community education and awareness about the importance of recycling has helped us to reduce landfill waste where we all live, work and play."

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS), the nation's fastest growing textile recycler, has announced a new record for textiles collected to date, topping out at 35.5 Million pounds in 2014. The company operates in eleven markets throughout the USA and provides easy, convenient solutions for communities to properly dispose of gently used, outgrown, unwanted clothing, shoes, toys and household textiles.

"We're pleased to report a 10% increase in the amount of clothing donations and textile recycling we collected this year," says Gilbert Regalado, Chief Operating Officer for ATRS. "We truly believe community participation is in response to the education our passionate employees provided this past year at Earth Day events, America Recycling Day fairs, college clean-ups, marathons and much more! We are pleased that so many municipalities, schools and property management companies partnered with us to reduce landfill waste where we all live, work and play."

According to the Bureau of International Recycling, the textile recycling industry continues to grow and has become a $1 trillion Industry worldwide.

Record breaking pounds of textiles collected for the year also means an increase in the charitable funding ATRS provided its non-profit partners in 2014. To date over $5,000,000 has been donated to 16 registered 501(c)3 organizations that directly benefit from clothing collection agreements with the company. Every pound donated into ATRS collection bins bearing the charity's name and logo generates much-needed funding for local programs and services.

ATRS has maintained a fast growth track since doubling the company's size in 2012 and delivers hundred's of Clothing & Shoe Recyclers each month to neighborhoods across the nation, currently servicing a total of 455 cities in the US. Partnerships with property management companies like Weingarten, DDR and Kimco have helped created easy, convenient destinations for recycling where most families shop and do business everyday. Municipal entities like City of Houston Solid Waste Department and Granger Recycling in Michigan have added clothing collection bins at recycling drop-off centers, serviced by ATRS.

According to the SMART Association, textiles are one of our planet's last most renewable resources. Approximately 95% of all outgrown, unwanted clothing and shoes can be reused, redistributed and recycled. About 45% is usable in as-is condition within the growing global second hand clothing market. The remainder is graded and sorted for upholstery and automotive stuffing, wiping rags, home insulation, thread and much more.

Every pound of clothing collected for recycling reduces the CO2 footprint. In 2014, ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling programs reduced Carbon Dioxide emissions into the atmosphere by 281,1600,000 lbs.

To find a year-round clothing donation drop-off location, call the 24-Hour Hotline 866-900-9308 or visit http://www.atrscorp.com/Pledge2Recycle.

About American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) is the nation’s fastest growing textile recycler. Its socially responsible business model provides free textile recycling solutions for the public, job stimulation worldwide and much-needed funding for worthy local charities. Easy, convenient ATRS Recyclers are available throughout Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Oklahoma and Southern California. ATRS is committed to keeping textile waste from local landfills and promoting a greener tomorrow. For press inquires contact pr(at)atrsonline(dot)com.

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