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USAgain awards fifth-place winner Brentwood Academy with $100 from eighth annual Earth Month Challenge

Students receive money for recycling clothing

(CHICAGO, IL) May 13, 2014 – USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company, is pleased to announce Brentwood Academy as the fifth-place winner of the 2014 nationwide Earth Month Challenge. Brentwood Academy, located at 2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California, had a total collection of 2,557 pounds of deposits and will receive $100 cash. Schools earned prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 for helping in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles.

The other four of five top winners include Pui Tak Christian School located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago with 4,023 pounds; Amador Valley High School located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California with 3,868 pounds; Byron Cusd No. 226 located at 696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois with 3,606 pounds; and St. Clare School located at 214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois with 2,712 pounds.

Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition targeting nationwide schools. Participating schools collected textiles for Earth Month in April, and the top five recycling schools will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. Over 600 schools were expected to participate, and all active participants earned funds per pounds of collected textiles. They’ll all receive a Certificate of Sustainability for their commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ⎯ teachers, students and visitors to the schools ⎯ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand shops will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.
For more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit: http://www.usagain.com

USAgain awards second-place winner Amador Valley High School with $750 from eighth annual Earth Month Challenge

Students receive money for recycling clothing

(CHICAGO, IL) May 13, 2014 – USAgain, the for-profit textile recycling company, is pleased to announce Amador Valley High School as the second-place winner of the 2014 nationwide Earth Month Challenge. Amador Valley High School, located at 1155 Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton, California, had a total collection of 3,868 pounds of deposits and will receive $750 cash. Schools earned prizes ranging from $100 to $1,000 for helping in the mission to reuse and recycle textiles.

The other four of five top winners include Pui Tak Christian School located at 2301 S. Wentworth Ave., in Chicago with 4,023 pounds; Byron Cusd No. 226 located at 696 N. Colfax in Byron, Illinois with 3,606 pounds; St. Clare School located at 214 West 3rd St., in O’Fallon, Illinois with 2,712 pounds; and Brentwood Academy located at 2086 Clarke Ave., in East Palo Alto, California with 2,557 pounds.

Earth Month Challenge is USAgain’s annual textile recycling competition targeting nationwide schools. Participating schools collected textiles for Earth Month in April, and the top five recycling schools will be awarded cash prizes of $100, $250, $500, $750 and $1,000. Over 600 schools were expected to participate, and all active participants earned funds per pounds of collected textiles. They’ll all receive a Certificate of Sustainability for their commitment to recycling and environmental stewardship.

“Earth Month Challenge is a great way for everyone to get involved in recycling ⎯ teachers, students and visitors to the schools ⎯ for free,” said Mattias Wallander, CEO of USAgain. “Their contributions will help clothe people in worldwide communities.”

Any clothing that cannot be reused in secondhand shops will be repurposed as industrial cleaning rags, furniture and/or car insulation and more.

The EPA estimates that 11.1 million tons of textiles end up in landfills, which leads to over 1.3 million pounds of CO2. Programs like the Earth Month Challenge help curb these pollution numbers and lend a hand to those in need at the same time.
For more information, or to find a local drop box, please visit: http://www.usagain.com

 

Shoe Drive to Benefit the Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation

 

Oakland residents are invited to recycle shoes and support local organization. Second shoe drive of the season.

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USAgain, a local textile recycling company has joined forces with the Christopher LaVell Jones foundation, a well known Oakland based organization that provides community and advocacy services to the families of murder victims in the area, in an effort to raise more funds for the Chris Jones’ memorial scholarship fund and camp activities.

After the overwhelming response from our successful shoe drive in July, where we collected 600 pairs of shoes, we are hosting our second drive. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, at the Seventh Ave Baptist Church, 1740 7th Ave Oakland, CA 94606.

“The Christopher LaVell Jones is delighted to partner with USAgain to help save the environment and provide additional resources to our community” said Brenda Grisham, Executive Director of the Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation.

This is one of the many community initiatives USAgain has partnered with including local park clean ups and tree planting. “We are very excited to be hosting this drive again and give the community a convenient option to dispose of surplus shoes,” said Tobin Costen, Division Manager, USAgain. “This campaign raised funds that directly benefited Christopher LaVell Jones Foundation and were used to provide college sponsorships and summer camp activities. The additional advantage of diverting shoes from the waste stream made this a win-win for everyone. We’re looking forward to repeating that success again,” adds Mr. Costen.

According to data from Recyclebank, approximately 300 million pairs of shoes are sent to landfills annually. At the very least, a shoe found in a landfill takes 50 years to break down, and it’s often much longer than that (hundreds or thousands of years). Every shoe diverted from landfills reduces carbon emissions and prevents harmful chemical waste in the environment.

Organizers are aiming to collect 3,000 pairs of shoes at this one-day shoe drive. The community is invited to participate in the collection drive and help the cause. “We are asking community members to step up to help achieve our goal.” added Mr. Costen.
Media Contact:

Brenda Grisham
brendagrisham@christopherlavelljonesfounationinc.org
Phone: 510-875-0511

Rasham Grewal
r.grewal@usagain.com
Phone: 708-908-0476
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About USAgain
USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling industry since 1999, USAgain is a for-profit company that recycles and reuses clothing, shoes and other textiles. Its mission is to provide consumers with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of excess clothing, which is diverted from landfills. USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 19 states. For more information, visit www.usagain.com.

About Christopher Lavell Jones Foundation
To meet the evolving needs of the community by creating and cultivating a threshold for life changing experiences by way of an organized expressive performing arts curriculum, as well as an innovative, educative platform that will enable, foster, and drive individual potential within the served community. For more information, visit http://www.christopherlavelljonesfoundationinc.org/index.html

 

USAgain’s second year beautifying DeFremery Park in Oakland

OAKLAND, CA. – Approximately 75 volunteers, including USAgain helpers, teamed up to clean up and beautify DeFremery Park from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Sat., April 26 in Oakland, California.

Council member Lynette Gibson McElhaney (District 3) and Mayor Jean Quan came out to show their support.

“Cleaning up our neighborhood parks is great for the environment and fun, too,” said Tobin Costen, USAgain’s local Division Manager. “DeFremery Park is also particularly memorable because many community leaders grew up there.”

This weekend was also the second anniversary to straighten the park up during Earth Month.

Volunteers tidied the park grounds and field house, painted benches, removed trash, picked weeds, and planted flowers and various plants.

Scroll below to check out some fun shots from the Earth Month volunteer work.

For recycling information specific to USAgain’s national divisions, visit www.usagain.com/press-releases.

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About USAgain

USAgain – a leader in the textile recycling – is a for-profit company that recycles and resells clothing, and other textiles. Its mission is to provide communities with a convenient and eco-friendly option to rid themselves of unwanted clothing and shoes, which is diverted from landfills. Recognized by the Better Business Bureau with an A+ rating, USAgain maintains more than 14,000 collection bins in 18 states.

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Tree Planting with the Sierra Club – Bay Area Chapter

This June, USAgain sponsored a tree planting with the Sierra Club – San Francisco Bay Area Chapter. We presented the club with a check for $2,000 to sponsor the planting.

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We look forward to future endeavors toward keeping the Bay Area green and sustainable!

 

 

USAgain’s California August Update

Click the thumbnail to learn about some of the work we’ve been doing in California.

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USAgain Wins Award from CRRA

USAgain was the recipient of the California Resource Recovery Association’s award for Outstanding Commitment to Closing the Loop in 2013.

CRRA presents several awards at its annual conference. The award for Outstanding Commitment to Closing the Loop is given to a business, government agency, community-based organization or school that has implemented an innovative program that features the procurement of products that reduce waste, have recycled content and/or are safer alternatives to toxic products.

Read the official release

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Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival – Fashion Show

USAgain proudly sponsored the 8th annual Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival in Palo Alto, CA. The event featured short films exploring environmental stewardship and how individual actions can benefit the environment, all which were produced by elementary, middle and high school filmmakers from Bay Area schools. The Festival also featured the first annual Eco-Fashion show, which USAgain sponsored by providing clothing.

Students used clothes from USAgain to design outfits for the Eco-Fashion show. Nice outfits, ladies — way to look good and go green!
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USAgain helps clean DeFremery Park in Oakland

Members of our USAgain San Francisco team lent a green hand to the City of Oakland on Earth Day. Together, we helped clean DeFremery Park, a popular center of recreation in the city.

DeFremery Park is the oldest park in the city and home to a pool, tennis courts, a skate park, a recreation center, basketball courts, a baseball field and picnic areas. The cleanup event was organized by Oakland City Councilmember Lynette McElhaney, and all residents were invited to help clean the park.

Cleanup tasks at DeFremery Park included weeding, landscaping, litter removal, graffiti abatement and small repairs to benches and other facilities. A USAgain collection bin was also placed at the park to provide Oakland residents with an easy way to dispose of their extra clothing and shoes.

Check out some of our favorite shots from the event. Thanks for letting us keep you green, Oakland!

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Books donated to Friends of San Ramon Libraries

In partnership with Friends of the San Ramon LibrariesUSAgain’s San Fransisco division donated four boxes of books totaling 141 pounds. Jenifer Leon, Coordinator of the Used Book Room at the San Ramon Library, received the books on January 24, 2013.

Since the partnership began, USAgain has donated a total of 4,763 pounds of books to Friends of the Library groups in the Bay Area, including Alameda County, Dublin, Livermore, San Jose and Sunnyvale.

USAgain’s donation was a part Friends of the Library in San Ramon’s Winter Book Sale, a seasonal event where gently used books, videos, CDs and DVDs are sold. For more information, visit the library’s site.

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