Trash Talk Tuesday Presents: "Don't Toss Old Toys or Clothes!"
As you prepare to take out the old toys and bring in new, the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) is encouraging people to donate and recycle rather than toss old clothes, bed linens, drapes, bath towels, and even stuffed animals.
Items like your child's old teddy bear can live a second life when you donate to a collection center. For example, SMART member Bank & Vogue Ltd sends stuffed animals on a journey to Central America. Collection locations across Canada and the U.S. package clean, soft toys and send them to countries such as El Salvador, where they are sold at thrift stores and end up at a new home with a child. In the past 2 years, Bank & Vogue Ltd has recycled approximately 1,400,000 lbs. of toys.
In addition to stuffed animals, nearly 100 percent of donated textiles are reused and recycled into three grades - usable clothing, fiber conversion grade, and wiping cloth grade. This means a sock can be transformed into pillow stuffing, old denim into household insulation, and an old towel into a wiping rag. Even if the item is stained, torn, overly worn, do not throw it away; it has a use in the textile recycling industry. Only items that are mildewed or have been used with a solvent-type liquid (gasoline) cannot be recycled.
To find the closest SMART member near you to recycle your textiles, visit:
information from: American Recycler
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