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Michigan Recycling Coalition host a fall event focused on clothing recovery and recycling. 85% of clothing ends up in the landfills but organizations like Purple Heart, and Goodwill offer ways for people to keep their textiles from the landfills.

Westland, MI, December 11, 2013 --( The Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) recently hosted their annual “Fall into Recycling” seminar with this year’s focus on clothing and textiles. “Textile Recovery: The Flow of Textiles in Michigan” drew industry experts from Purple Heart,, Goodwill and the Institute for International Cooperation and Development (IICD). In attendance were participants from the academic, public and private sectors.

“Clothing Recycling has become such a hot topic because it is an area with such incredible opportunity for improvement. 85% of clothing gets thrown in the trash, which is really a shame because it can all be reused or recycled,” says Scott Shaffer who attended the event.

This program offered insight into the three main methods clothing is currently donated or recycled:

1. Organizations like Goodwill offer brick and mortal locations for people to drop off items.
2. IICD operates drop boxes throughout Michigan.
3. and Purple Heart offer free home pickup service of donations or free nationwide shipping of donations via UPS.

In an effort to keep usable items of their landfills, several communities in Michigan have already committed to offer residents curbside recycling programs for clothing and household discards in 2014 through companies like Simple Recycling. With an average of 5.2% of the total municipal waste stream being comprised of textiles, it’s no wonder that organizations like MRC have taken note.

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