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ATRS Breaks Record With Pounds Recycled in 2013

Posted at February 13, 2014 | By : | Categories : Blog,Our Events | 1 Comment

We’ve crunched the numbers, analyzed the data and tallied the score. ATRS is excited to announce the grand total of textiles collected and diverted from landfill was a whopping 33.5 million pounds!

We’re incredibly thankful to all the communities and neighborhoods that recycle unwanted clothing, shoes, linens and other textiles through ATRS. Because of your support we reached this record-breaking number!

33.5 million pounds of recycled material is more than we collected in our first five years combined, and is an 18% increase over collections from 2012. To illustrate this impact, one pound is equal to about three t-shirts, meaning that we diverted the equivalent of about 100.5 million shirts from landfill in just one year! Another way to visualize our collections is in terms of the 18-wheelers we’re all familiar with: our 2013 collections amount to 850 of these semi-trucks full of clothing, shoes and other textiles!

By supporting your local ATRS Clothing & Shoe Recycling Program, you’re not only making an eco-conscious decision that contributes to a sustainable lifestyle, you’re also supporting one of 24 nonprofit organizations in their area.

As community support increases each and every month, we’re well on our way to reaching our goal of 42 million pounds collected in 2014.

We can’t achieve our goal without you! There are dozens of opportunities to contribute to this year’s textile recycling stats, from seasonal wardrobe changes in the spring to Back to School closet cleaning in the fall. If you have any questions about where to donate, what to recycle, or who ATRS supports, just give us a call. Stay sustainable!