ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI)- A new test program will soon begin offering a curbside textile recycling program for residents in Chesterfield, Mo. The program will accept all clothes; household textiles such as sheets, drapes, towels and accessories; and shoes, including those that are stained, ripped, mismatched or out-of-fashion.
The pilot program was created by an alliance of USAgain, Republic Services and the city of Chesterfield. Stephen Herring, the Marketing Recycling Coordinator for Republic Services and the CEO of USAgain, Mattias Wallander, brought a variety of recyclable items to the Fox 2 studio this morning to show Kim Hudson.
USAgain will begin offering the textile recycling services to the city of Chesterfield, Mo. on April 2. The program will go for 12 months beginning from the first day of collections. Curbside collections will occur on the first Saturday of every month.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), an average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing, linens and other textiles every year. On average, textiles account for five percent of municipal waste with only 15 percent being recycled compared with 72 percent of newspapers and 50 percent of soda cans. With a population of 43,000 residents, that amounts to more than 3 million pounds of textile waste that could be diverted from landfills thanks to the program.