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What happens after you drop off your clothes at our Bins
Your unwanted clothing, shoes and household textiles go through a long road before they finally end up in the hands of someone who can benefit from them

  • Most of us have clothing and shoes we no longer use or don’t fit us anymore taking up space in our closets, drawers, and garages.
  • When you finally decide to clear out the unwanted items ?You find a local charity or church or recycling company to drop off the donations. 7th Generation Recycling has conveniently located bins in your neighborhood accessible 24 hours a day. 
  • The clothing is picked up and taken to a distribution center.
  • Some of the clothing ends up in your local thrift shops or Goodwill stores.
  • The rest of the clothing is then sorted and graded in many categories according to type and quality.
  • Then it is baled and strapped.
  • The bales are sold to exporters who ship the clothes to third world nations who are in desperate need of recycled affordable clothing.
  • Approximately 53 percent of the clothes that are recovered are recycled as secondhand clothing.
  • Approximately 20 percent of the material collected is sold as wiping and polishing cloths.
  • Finally, 26 percent is converted into fiber to be remade into recycled textile products.
  • Approximately 8 percent of U.S. landfills are made up of un-recovered textiles. These textiles are close to 100 percent recyclable if only they had been diverted through recycling programs.
  • The textile recycling industry diverts more than 2 million tons of textiles a year. 
  • Help us increase our recycling efforts by finding the nearest collection bin and let us work together to save the Planet for our future generations.

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