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Westchester School Wins Third Place in Nationwide Recycling Contest

Alpha Montessori collects nearly 40,000 pounds of textiles

Westchester - (May 16, 2012) - USAgain announces that Alpha Montessori in Westchester has won third place in the textile recycling company's nationwide Earth Month Contest for the "most pounds collected per student" 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, Alpha Montessori has collected 39,237 pounds of textiles, saving 54,931,800 gallons of water, preventing the emission of 274,659 pounds of CO2, and freeing 223 cubic yards of landfill space.

"We are so pleased to be a part of this fundraiser and to be providing a free recycling service to the community," said Lenore Dean, director and owner of Alpha Montessori School. "We use the money to support a special cause at our school."

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.

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About USAgain
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