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Zero Waste Textile Initiative to Keep Apparel, Footwear, Linens Out of the Landfill

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The Zero Waste Textile Initiative encouraging residents and businesses to recycle unwanted apparel, footwear and other textiles at an event at Westfield San Francisco Centre.  The initiative partners the City with S.F. Goodwill and other nonprofits, retail businesses, and I:Collect— a leading global end-to-end solutions provider that collects textiles for reuse and recycling into items such as toys, insulation and carpeting. The Zero Waste Textile Initiative seeks to eliminate the 39 million pounds of textiles San Franciscans send to the landfill each year and help reduce the astonishing 21 billion pounds of textile waste generated yearly in the United States.

In 2002, San Francisco adopted the goal of Zero Waste by 2020 and through vigorous efforts has already achieved an impressive 80 percent landfill diversion rate. The new program aims to build upon this success by harnessing untapped reuse and recycling markets by expanding textile drop-off locations in San Francisco and accepting worn out items such as old athletic shoes and torn jeans that were previously considered trash.


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