The Primary Reasons a Municipality Should Create a Textile Recycling Program:
1. Cyntex is paying, depending upon collection area demographics, quantity per shipment and the type of packing (baled, gaylord boxes or bagged) approximately $100.00-$300.00 per ton.
2. Multiple community benefits, including; higher recycling rates and program prestige, added revenue to offset overall recycling costs and saved landfill space.
3. No capital investment is required
How can municipalities create and organize effective, efficient and profitable textile recycling programs? There are three basic methods of capturing textiles from the waste stream:
1. Curbside Collections
2. Drop Off Locations
3. Collection Events
All clothing must be kept clean, odor free and dry from source to market, however collected.The choice is up to each individual town, taking into consideration various factors. What are your space limitations, manpower and extant contractual commitments? Please contact us to learn how we can help you to keep this valuable commodity out of our landfills.
Textile recycling and reclamation are absolutely the highest form of reuse when considering what it takes to goes into making any garment.
For a typical cotton consumer product, this is what it takes to make just one.
Prepare the field for growing, plant cotton seeds, water the plant(often), fertilize(many times), weed the fields, apply insecticides, pick the cotton, gin the cotton, card the cotton, spin the cotton, spool the spun yarn, weaving or knitting, wash the fabric, dye/print or bleach the fabric, set finish the fabric, re-roll the fabric, cut the fabric, sew the textile into a finished product, package and ship to market.
All these steps also include considerable heat energy, water usage, multiple chemicals and transportation for each step and to ship to the end market. A huge carbon foot print when all added together.
The reuse of one tee-shirt saves all this from having to be done from start to finish again. Now multiply this by hundreds of millions of garments and textiles nationally.