Jun 16, 2011

Refashion NYC?

New York City's new textile recycling bin, flanked by two promotional sidekicks.RefashionNYCNew York City’s new textile recycling bin, flanked by two promotional sidekicks.

Titled RefashionNYC, the program has been in the works since last year, when the city started accepting bids for a 10-year contract committing a New York-based charitable group to regular pickups of clothing, linens, shoes and clean rags throughout the city.No more hauling your hand-me-downs in plastic bags and shopping carts to your nearest green market or thrift shop, New Yorkers. City officials say they have partnered with Housing Works, a group that helps homeless people infected with the H.I.V. virus, to pick up donated clothing at apartment buildings in one of the first large-scale consumer textile recycling programs in the Country.
The goal is to capture most of the 200,000 tons of textile and apparel materials that New Yorkers throw away each year but that could be reused instead, reducing the city’s garbage disposal costs.

The new program is free and open to residential buildings in all five boroughs. All it takes, Department of Sanitation officials say, is for a landlord, building manager or superintendent to sign up online, obtain a metal bin from the city and assign a staff member to monitor the bin and schedule pickups when it is full.
Donations are tax-deductible, and the program will pay for itself through the sale of the donations, the officials said.
Although textiles, including shoes and accessories like handbags and belts, are among the most valuable recyclables, textile recycling by consumers constitutes only a fraction of all recycling in the country.
Officials with the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association, a trade group, say that materials like stained or ripped clothing, buttons and zippers can all be reprocessed and find a second life as wiping cloths, carpet padding, seat stuffing and other products. In the end, they say, less than 10 percent of what is donated goes to a landfill.
But it has often been more convenient for car-less New Yorkers to throw old sweaters away than to carry them over to Goodwill. Residents can still find the closest thrift store or drop-off location for clothing donations atwww.nyc.gov/stuffexchange, but soon they may prefer to use the donation bin in their lobby or right outside.


  1. Such a great idea for things that are not in good enough condition to be donated. It always pains me to throw something out that could probably be recycled.

  2. I fear those mascots could attract violence!

  3. What Kailyn ^^^ said.
    Everything should be recyclable.
    This is a great idea.

  4. We could use something like that in the midwest. Great idea.

  5. You dig up some great stuff. This is a good idea, t'would be nice if we could do this all over the country!!!!

  6. I recall seeing bins like this in the Motor last year... it is a good idea whose time has come..!

  7. Excellent idea! I'm all for it :-)


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