Com­pa­nies join forces to di­vert tex­tiles from waste stream

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - Staff Re­ports

BUChS COUNTY – Thou­sands of tons of tex­tiles will soon be di­verted from the lo­cal waste stream in the Philadel­phia re­gion - Bucks, Mont­gomery, North­east Philadel­phia and South­ern Le­high - thanks to an in­no­va­tive agree­ment be­tween textile re­cy­cler Community Re­cy­cling of cair­less Hills and Ge­orge Leck and Son Inc., a fam­ily-owned and op­er­ated waste haul­ing com­pany based in Ivy­land.

In this curb­side pro­gram, home­own­ers will be able to re­cy­cle clothes and re­lated soft items, paired shoes, bags/belts, known as tex­tiles.

Tina Leck, of Leck Waste Ser­vices, said the pro­gram will ini­tially be launched in New­town Bor­ough and New­town Town­ship in mid-Septem­ber. Res­i­den­tial cus­tomers of Leck will be­gin re­ceiv­ing in­for­ma­tion through the mail at the be­gin­ning of Septem­ber.

“In­volv­ing our res­i­den­tial cus­tomers in a con­ve­nient and easy so­lu­tion to textile re­cy­cling is im­por­tant,” said Leck. “Our ul­ti­mate goal is to of­fer our clients the com­plete spec­trum of ser­vices for all of their waste and re­cy­cling needs. Adding textile re­cy­cling with Community Re­cy­cling makes to­tal sense both eco­log­i­cally and eco­nom­i­cally.”

Ac­cord­ing to the U.S. EPA, 85 per­cent of all dis­carded tex­tiles – over 11 mil­lion tons – are sent to 8.6. ODQG­fiOOV HYHUy yHDU. CRPPu­nity Re­cy­cling is an en­vi­ron­men­tally-con­scious textile re­cy­cling com­pany that col­lects un­wanted tex­tiles and re­lated ma­te­ri­als that are re­spon­si­bly dis­trib­uted for re­use, re­sale and re­cy­cling in the US and abroad.

By putting clothes, shoes and bags/belts back in the realm of re­use, nat­u­ral re­sources are pro­tected, green­house gas emis­sions are dras­ti­cally re­duced and dwin­dling ODQG­fiOO VSDFH LV VDYHG $OO RI WKH tex­tiles col­lected in this curb­side pro­gram will be given a new life at af­ford­able prices for peo­ple around the globe.

“Textile re­cy­cling needs to be­come as fa­mil­iar to us all and as easy to per­form as tra­di­tional curb­side re­cy­cling,” said Lisa Pomer­antz, VP Mar­ket­ing and Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment at Community Re­cy­cling. “Our re­la­tion­ship with Ge­orge Leck and Son Inc. al­lows thou­sands of res­i­dents the ad­di­tional con­ve­nience of curb­side re­cy­cling of their clothes, shoes, DQG EDJV/EHOWV. ,W’V JUHDW WR fiQG a part­ner who rec­og­nizes that we must make process easy, ac­ces­si­ble and worth­while so that we FDQ UHGH­fiQH wKDW WHxWLOH UHFyFOLQJ looks like.”

7KH HQYLURQPHQWDO EHQH­fiWV IURP WHxWLOH UHFyFOLQJ DUH VLJQL­fiFDQW. Reusing and re-wear­ing saves wa­ter, re­duces en­ergy us­age, cuts down on green­house gas emis- sions, and helps to pre­vent air, wa­ter and solid-waste pol­lu­tion.

The EPA es­ti­mates that ev­ery per­son in the US dis­poses of about 70 lbs. of us­able and re-wear­able tex­tiles each year. Items such as shoes, clothes and bags are very dense and take up a lot of space in WKH ODQG­fiOO ODQGVFDSH. DHVSLWH WKH grow­ing green move­ment, most peo­ple in the U.S. are un­aware that tex­tiles can be re­cy­cled, cre­at­ing lo­cal economies and jobs both here and abroad.

“With the help of lead­ers in the in­dus­try like Ge­orge Leck and Son Inc., we can re­ally be­gin to reGH­fiQH wKDW KDSSHQV FuUEVLGH DQG how we as con­sumers view the things we wear and use.” Pomer­antz said, “This is a step in the right di­rec­tion as we look for­ward to a textile re­cy­cling zero waste tol­er­ance.”

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