New York City’s United War Veterans Council Recycling Program recently announced its achievement of recycling a whopping 2.9 million pounds of clothing and household goods in 2014. The incredible feat saved NY taxpayers $100 per ton, totaling a savings of almost $150,000 in 2014 alone. The UWVC recycled 30 percent more textiles in 2014 than in 2013, and they hope to blast through their record againg by the end of 2015.


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The UWVC’s Recycling Program is unique in that it benefits so many different parties. Through their collection, the program diverts millions of pounds of disused goods and textiles from the landfill, making for a big win for the environment. The process also saves taxpayers significantly, by cutting down on trash disposal rates for New York City. But the recycling program has an inspiring third benefit – helping to provide funding for dozens of programs that benefit the city’s veterans.

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What makes the UWVC’s Recycling Program really stand out is its collection process centered around a white glove, door-to-door pickup service. Fifty trucks are deployed around the five boroughs daily. Residents or building managers can organize and arrange for the pickup of clothing, textiles and household items without even leaving their apartments. Or, donors can go to any of the UWVC’s drop-off locations around the New York and New Jersey area. Donors are also given tax receipts in exchange for their goods.

The UWVC then uses the proceeds of your donations to help veterans with healthcare, education, housing and other great programs. Scheduling a pickup or organizing your own drive is easy – just visit their website and help make 2015 an even more successful year than the last.

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