Our Story

How volunteerism became a business

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) collects, sorts, donates and resells misfitting, used and out of style clothing, shoes, toys and household goods from all over the country. We create jobs in local communities and emerging nations and keep millions of tons of textiles out of landfills every year.

“The idea of helping others was the spark. A summer job helping at my mother’s charity, Houston Area Community Service, is how it all started. After just a few months of running her clothing drives we were helping more families than ever and even had a surplus of goods. I was hooked! And she is still my inspiration today.”

Today we help fund more than eleven different charities nationwide. With millions of dollars donated to our local charitable partners to date, we are providing much needed funding, resources and support for philanthropic and non-profit organizations in so many neighborhoods and helping more communities than ever.

Our mission is simple and straightforward – to make recycling clothing and shoes easy and convenient. That is why we have placed thousands of easily accessible, well-designed and professionally managed recycling bins in neighborhoods all across Houston, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Detroit – with many more cities to come.

“I’m proud that an idea that grew out of helping others has grown to touch so many lives for the better.”

– David M. Peganyee, Sr., CEO


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