O'Fallon - (May 18, 2012) - USAgain announces that St. Clare School in O'Fallon has won first place in the textile recycling company's nationwide Earth Month Contest for the "most pounds collected overall" category. Held throughout the month of April, USAgain's Earth Month Contest saw over 500 schools around the country compete for cash prizes while collecting clothing, shoes and other household textiles in an effort to reduce landfill waste. Since partnering with USAgain, St. Clare School has collected 117,393 pounds of textiles, saving 164,350,200 gallons of water, preventing the emission of 821,751 pounds of CO2, and freeing 667 cubic yards of landfill space.
"Recycling clothing is not only good for the environment, but it also allows affordable clothing to people who need it," said Milissa Faust, principal at St. Clare. "Our school takes pride in our recycling initiative."
According to the EPA, 11 million tons of clothing and other textiles are dumped in landfills each year in the United States. In an effort to divert textile waste from landfills, USAgain partnered with local schools to collect clothing & shoes. The top three schools in two categories, the most pounds collected overall, and the most pounds collected per student, are awarded cash prized of $500, $300 and $350 respectively.
This year 510 schools across the country participated in the Earth Month Contest. Exactly 210,362 pounds of textiles were collected for reuse and recycling, saving 1,202 cubic yards in landfill space, and preventing 1,472,534 pounds in CO2 emissions.
For more information, or to host a drop box at your school: http://www.usagain.com/schoolfundraisers
USAgain also offers no-work, no-cost fundraisers and educational field trips at their warehouse locations in 11 states.
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USAgain, a leader in the textile recycling industry, with corporate headquarters in Chicago, is a for-profit company that recycles and resells unwanted clothing and other textiles. In 2011 alone, the company collected 60 million pounds of discarded clothing. USAgain operates over 10,000 collection bins in seventeen states. The company's mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which are then diverted from landfills. For more information, visit www.usagain.com
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Rasham Grewal / USAgain
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