After almost a year since the city started accepting bids from nonprofit organizations to supply and maintain textile recycling bins to the city for the purpose of textile recycling, the program called RefashioNYC is finally making a debut in New York City.
The city has partnered with Housing Works, a nonprofit that’s working to help homeless people affected with the H.I.V. virus, to provide residential buildings in all five boroughs with metal bins where residents can deposit their used clothing, old shoes, linens, accessories (bags, belts, etc.) and clean rags. It’s a free program and any NYC landlord can apply online for a bin, assign personnel to check on the bins, and schedule pickups when the bins are full.
The program’s goal is to acquire and recycle most of the 200,000 tons of textile and apparel materials that residents trash every year. This is part of the city’s drive to divert 75 percent of its solid waste from landfills. The program is expected to be self-sustaining as it will be financed from the sales of donated materials.
This is an innovative recycling, the first large scale textile recycling ever started in the U.S., we hope that it will succeed and will provide a model for other large cities to follow.
via NY Times