ST. LOUIS, MO- USAgain, the textile recycling company locally based in St. Louis, is proud to announce that St. Clare School in O’Fallon, IL has won 4th prize in its America Recycles Day Challenge.
America Recycles Day Challenge is USAgain’s recycling competition for schools across the U.S. Participating schools collected textiles throughout the month of November in a USAgain recycling bin located on school grounds. St. Clare School recycled an impressive 2,413 pounds of clothing and textiles, earning them a $250 prize. This is the third time St. Clare School as won a USAgain recycling challenge, so they are no stranger to excellence in recycling.
“St. Clare School did a great job heeding the call of textile recycling,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their commitment to recycling is a great example for the community. We’re pleased to award them fourth prize and look forward to a bright future of recycling at the school, and we commend them for winning their third recycling challenge.”
In total, over 600 schools across the U.S. participated in the 7th annual America Recycles Day Challenge, recycling a total of 198,545 pounds of clothing, shoes and other textiles. This a truly significant amount of materials recycled, as it represents over 1.3 million pounds of climate-changing CO2 saved from entering the atmosphere.
"Recycling clothing is not only good for the environment, but it also allows affordable clothing to people who need it," said Milissa Faust, principal at St. Clare. "Our school takes pride in our recycling initiative and we’re happy to be recognized by USAgain."
Other winning schools include Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton, CA, Gwen T. Jackson Elementary School in Milwaukee, WI, Aurora Quest School in Aurora, CO and Brentwood Academy in East Palo Alto, CA. All participating schools gained valuable firsthand experience with textile recycling and did their communities a service by keeping waste out of landfills.
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry with corporate headquarters in West Chicago, IL. – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells reusable clothing and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of surplus clothing, which is diverted from landfills. In 2012, USAgain was awarded an “A” rating by the Better Business Bureau. It maintains more than 12,000 bins in 18 states.