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“The Next Food Frontier: Recycling” –
And clothing recycling takes off in Thurston County

– “The Next Food Frontier: Recycling”
“In all, the food waste alone amounts to more than 30 million tons of waste entering U.S. landfills every year. This is particularly tragic since food and yard waste is easily recycled, though not by placing it in a recycling bin at your curb.

It’s actually quite simple to “recycle” these types of organic materials right in your own backyard. It’s called composting, and it’s being taken up on a large scale slowly but surely across the U.S., quoting Dr. Mercola.
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Click here for food recycling and composting options in Thurston County.

– “What Actually Happens to Your Donated Clothing?”
“Americans buy 500 percent more clothing today than we did in the 1980s.”

“Each year, Americans buy an astounding 22 billion items of clothing.”

“Most people will drop clothes off at a donation center such as Goodwill, thinking they will get re-sold to someone with limited means who really needs them. In reality, much of the discarded clothing ends up in landfills.

In 2013 alone, a staggering 12.8 million tons of textiles were sent to landfills — that’s more than 7 percent of the total U.S. landfill waste — costing charitable organizations millions of dollars in various fees and transport expenses, to boot.”

“Westerners have a tendency to think that we’re being generous by donating so many cast-offs, allowing those with few means to get clothes they might not be able to afford otherwise. The reality is, the second-hand industry is struggling with such an overwhelming amount of clothes.

They cannot even house it all — which is why charities will only keep donated items in their thrift shops for a month before shipping them off for bulk liquidation. There’s simply no shortage of second-hand clothing, so you’re not really doing the world any favors by routinely adding to the donation piles,” quoting Dr. Mercola.
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– Thurston County now recycles clothes

– “Thurston County Solid Waste launches Threadcycle campaign”
“Did you know that you can donate all clothing, regardless of condition? Your worn, torn, damaged and stained clothing doesn’t need to go into the garbage. Instead it can be donated for reuse and recycling at a number of locations throughout Thurston County.

What can I donate?
Now you can donate all of your clothes, shoes and linens. Theadcycle partners accept these items in any condition, so long as they are not wet, mildewed or contaminated with hazardous materials. Items that are torn, ripped, holey, stained, broken, worn-out, or that used to be part of a pair such as single socks, shoes, and gloves, are all accepted. To learn more about the campaign you can donate visit our Threadcycle website,” from Thurston County Solid Waste.
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– Also in Thurston County – Savers at Value Village Stores
“Savers is a thrift superstore with a community conscience.”

“We keep millions of items out of landfills by sending unsellable merchandise to recyclers to be repurposed and to developing countries to help individuals create their own marketplaces.”
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Editor’s note:
Clothing and textiles are the seventh largest category of waste, by weight, in Thurston County, which is about 6,000 tons sent to the landfill annually, so this program makes sense.

– UPDATE: April 18, 2017
“Americans Need to Stop Trashing 15 Million Tons of Clothing Every Year”
“More than 15 million tons of textile waste is generated every year in the U.S., an amount that has doubled over the last 20 years. On average, each American throws out approximately 80 pounds of used clothing a year. Nationally, it costs cities around $45 per ton to dispose of old clothing. Even worse, synthetic clothing can take hundreds of years to decompose,” by Judy Molland, Care2.
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Posted by Steve on February 1, 2017 at 12:01 am | Permalink

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