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Buffalo launches clothing recycling initiative

BUFFALO – Mayor Byron Brown introduced the newly created Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods, a collaboration of nonprofit organizations with a mission to educate the community about the environmental and economic benefits of recycling unwanted clothing and other donated goods, while providing easy access to donation

“Many of the clothing items we throw away every day have the potential to be reused for their original or new purposes and by giving this material to local donation centers, you can help our city further strengthen its recycling program,” said Mayor Brown, challenging city residents to take part in this new initiative to help reach Buffalo’s ambitious recycling goal of 34% recycling by 2018.   “As part of this new initiative, unwanted clothing will be resold or recycled by participating donation centers, with proceeds going to support efforts to raise further awareness about the importance of recycling in our community. I thank the non-for-profit organizations for bringing this idea to my attention and look forward to partnering with them on up-coming clothing recycling drives.” 

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said   “I think many people do not realize that even if a piece of clothing is worn or torn, it can still be recycled and that it makes much more sense to donate rather than to throw usable items in the trash.”

WNYCDG was formed through the efforts of Mayor Brown in response to a request from local non-for-profit donation centers that was made during a recent episode of CitiStat Buffalo.  The latest research shows that the average person throws out over 70 pounds of clothing a year - all that material can be used by nonprofit donation centers.  The WNYCDG is made of the following organizations:  Goodwill Industries of WNY, The Salvation Army of Buffalo, Buffalo City Mission, AMVETS and Hearts for the Homeless.