We wrote about New York City’s Re-fashionNYC textile recycling program when it first launched and now that it’s been in business for a year, we’re pleased to report on what a success it’s been. The partnership between the city and Housing Works thrift shops began placing textile recycling bins in apartment buildings last year and in that short time has already diverted 248,000 pounds of clothing from landfills!
Re-fashionNYC operates by making clothing recycling bins available to apartment residents in each of the five boroughs. Rather than throw their old clothing out, residents can easily place it in the bins right in their laundry rooms, for free pick up. The clothes are then donated to shelters, or thrift stores around the city.
Participating apartment buildings need just ten units to participate, which can account for the surge of 170 buildings enrolling. The program now serves 40,000 residential units, providing 195 textile recycling bins throughout. The 124 tons of clothing diverted thus far has also saved an estimated 973,648 pounds of carbon emissions, an equivalent of 50,000 pounds of gasoline (as projected by the EPA).
Only apartment buildings are eligible for participation at the moment, but the program hopes to expand to office buildings, commercial spaces and institutions in the future. All buildings with more than ten units are eligible, and enrollment is as easy as filling out this online inquiry.