Textile Waste in the United States

  • By Jeremy
  • 22 Dec, 2016

Fashion changes as often as the seasons, and those who like to stay trendy promptly shelve their freshly-outdated clothes to make room for their new wardrobe. But what happens to all the old clothes that are discarded in favor of the latest trend? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tons of textile waste  was generated  in 2013, of which around 85% ended up in landfills.

 

The problem in throwing away your old clothes is that they sit and decompose in a landfill, releasing toxic greenhouse gases, rather than being reused or recycled. There are many options to get rid of old clothing items instead of throwing them away, like reselling in a yard sale or online buy/sell/trade groups, or donating to charities that accept clothing items (Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul). Many towns, cities, and even local apparel retailers collect and recycle post-consumer textiles.

 

The EPA statistics suggest that even modest reductions in the amount of textile waste that winds up in landfills could bring a major benefit to the environment. In 2013, Americans recycled some  2.3 million tons  of textile waste, which brought a reduction in greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 1.2 million cars off the road for an entire year! Here’s what likely becomes of the textiles you recycle:

· Resold: After collection of the textiles, workers sort and separate collected textiles by color, size and quality, it is then packed, baled and sold as good reusable clothing. Shoes are reused by being resold as well. This process not only creates local jobs, it helps stimulate local economy.

· Converted to Rags: Damaged textiles are sorted out to make industrial wiping cloths and other items.

·  Made into Other Clothes: Some textiles can be remade into other pieces of clothing.

·  Discarded: If textile re-processors receive wet or soiled clothes, these may still end up being disposed of in landfill, as washing and drying facilities are not present at sorting units. This then affects the environment, so make sure when recycling or donating your clothing that the items are clean and dry.

Junk Recyclers, LLC  is a fully insured business that operates in Rochester, MN and surrounding communities. We strive to provide friendly, affordable, professional, and green removal service for both residential and commercial properties. We are a believer in extending the life of anything we can by actively donating items to Salvation Army, Savers, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity. Contact us at (507) 216-2365 today!

By Jeremy 06 Oct, 2017

It’s an event that doesn’t come around too often, but when it does, it certainly has people talking. That’s right—recently, we were graced with the introduction of a new iPhone: the iPhone X. When a new iPhone, or any technological upgrade, is released, people will do whatever it takes to get their hands on the latest and greatest technology. But when you go in with the new, you must go out with the old.

Have you ever thought about what happens to your old cell phone after you get rid of it? Believe it or not, how and where you get rid of a cell phone is very important and can greatly impact our environment. This statement is just as true for any electronic equipment, such as old iPods and even home appliances.

 

Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are looking to replace an old electronic device with a new one:

 

A Trash Can Isn’t Going to Cut it

Simply throwing your old electronics into a garbage can is an improper way to dispose of your old electronics. If this equipment is placed in a garbage bag along with your other trash that means that eventually, that garbage will end up at a typical landfill. Having electronic products of even their batteries in a landfill often means harmful toxins get released into the environment.

 

Consider an Alternative Use for the Product

While you may not be using that old cell phone any longer, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t someone out there who can.

 

If you product can be reused, donating it to a reputable reuse organization is a great way to both get rid of your old electronic equipment, and ensure that it isn’t improperly released into the environment.

 

Find a way to Properly Recycle It

If your electronic device is too old to donate, you must make sure that it is properly thrown away. Many states have reputable recycling companies that are part of the “e-Steward” network. This distinction signifies that a company follows the highest of standard when it

comes to recycling.

 

If you can’t find an e-Steward company near you, you can search on the manufacturer’s website (which often offers free recycling programs) or take your device to a convenient retailer, such as Staples or BestBuy.

 

While you are busy playing with your new iPhone X, take a moment to carefully dispose of your old cell phone. Minimal effort on your part will make a big difference to our climate. For more information on how you can properly dispose of your old electronics including TVs, computers, monitors, printers, and stereos contact Junk Recyclers. Call us today at 507-216-2365 or email junk_recyclers@yahoo.com.

By Jeremy 12 Sep, 2017

There are many exciting things to look forward to when moving into a new home: having a fresh start with a new space, decorating the rooms as desired, and making lasting memories with family and friends. But one of the more stressful aspects of moving into a new house is packing up the old one.

 

Doesn’t it seem as if your personal possessions have inexplicably multiplied when you are in the process of packing? You open cabinets and closets you haven’t touched in years, and you constantly find items that you forgot you had! It can certainly add to the tension and stress if any residential move.

By Jeremy 05 Jul, 2017

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to sit back and relax, enjoy the outdoors, and let the sunlight in. With the bright light of the season shining through the windows; however, those areas of clutter and dust that went unnoticed throughout the shorter, darker days of winter may be on full display. Now is the perfect time to declutter, discard, and polish up in time to relish the beautiful weather.

By Jeremy 09 May, 2017

·   Sort –  The first step in getting ready for an office move is sorting through the things accumulated around your work area. Review the retention policies for your company before you get rid of any important documents. Start on the sorting process well before your move. Devote 10 minutes a day to a section of your office.

·  Organize –  As you are go through your drawers, files, cabinets and other spaces, take the time to straighten things up to make packing quicker. Gather electronic cords together, place like materials together and consider taking your personal items home until you are in your new space.

·  Clean –  Who wants to transport dust to their next office space? As you are going through cabinets, sweep out any dirt and grime that has accumulated. Use a disposable cleaning cloth to make the process quick and easy.

· Pack –  If you will be responsible for the packing process, this is the next step in your office move. As the moving date approaches, start to box up items you do not use regularly. Clearly label the box with your name (first and last), department, location in the new office and a description of the contents of the box.  

·  Business as usual –  As the move date draws near, it is important to maintain your work habits. Just because you are moving to a new location does not mean your business can be put on hold for a few weeks. Try to keep the in-progress projects in an easy to find location and ensure that they do not get mixed in with the packed materials. When the move is upon you, these should be among the last items packed. Be sure to clearly mark the box “open first” so that you know where to find these important documents.

 

At  Junk Recyclers , we offer a variety of  services  for both residential and corporate clean up in Rochester and surrounding areas. We can help you organize and declutter by hauling away the items you don’t plan to move.  Contact us  for more information.

By Jeremy 10 Apr, 2017

Organization is not a trait that comes easy for many people. Keeping track of dates, important documents or just keeping clutter around the home at bay can be overwhelming in today’s fast-paced lifestyles. While it might seem like a difficult task, living an organized life is not impossible.

  • Put it in writing – Trying to remember important information should not be left to memory alone. Even if you have a great memory, why leave crucial information undocumented? Write down details worth remembering and consider using the good old to-do list to ensure that all the boxes are checked off as you are going about daily activities.
  • Create a schedule – Part of being organized means that you don’t waste time. You know when you have to be certain places or when particular tasks need to be accomplished and you keep meticulous records of all of these details. This is particularly important when you must keep track of more than just your own schedule.
By Jeremy 21 Mar, 2017
As the planet becomes more populated and consumers have almost instant access to disposable goods, our landfills are filling up faster than their waste can biodegrade. Each month, millions of tons of waste is produced in America, which will either become part of landfills or exported to third-world countries. The environmental concerns of our world’s waste issue has prompted the need for innovative and unconventional solutions. Enter Waste-to-Energy, a promising new technology that offers recovery of energy by conversion of non-recyclable materials through various processes. Energy can be produced from waste through two methods: Thermal and nonthermal technologies.
By Jeremy 08 Feb, 2017

Whether you are managing a job site or just cleaning up around the house, it is important to have an appropriate receptacle to handle any excess waste from the job. Traditional dumpsters might be sufficient for some jobs, but can be cumbersome if there are space demands or debris in multiple areas around the jobsite. A dumpster trailer is a convenient alternative to traditional refuse containers for many reasons. Here are four benefits to using a dumpster trailer from  Junk Recyclers , instead of traditional waste disposal options.


1.   Portable –  Unlike a large trash dumpster, which is typically immovable from the location it is placed on a job site, a dumpster trailer is highly portable. If you have several areas that need rubbish removal, simply move the trailer to the area you are working. This saves excess time and effort making the job run smoother and more efficiently.


2.   Compact –  Traditional dumpsters take up a great deal of space on the job site. By contrast, a dumpster trailer can fit into virtually any space that a standard sized truck can maneuver. And, they can be placed in areas that would be impossible for a dumpster.


3.   Cost effective –  Most waste and recycling companies charge a flat rental fee for use of a refuse dumpster. At Junk Recyclers, you only pay for the amount of space used (per cubic yard).

 

Renting a dumpster trailer from Junk Recyclers is a simple solution for a variety of home projects. From remodeling and landscaping, to cleaning out your garage or downsizing before a move, our dumpster trailers are the perfect solution for removing garbage, construction debris, and other refuse from your residence or work site. For only $24 per cubic yard, you can easily dispose of a variety of construction materials including:

·     Wood

·     Sheetrock

·     Concrete

·     Siding

·     Shingles


We will also haul away garbage (excluding televisions, electronics, hazardous waste and fluorescent light bulbs) for only $40 per cubic yard. And, you can dispose of yard waste for only $25 per cubic yard.  Contact  the team at  Junk Recyclers  in Rochester, Minnesota to discuss your waste removal needs.

By Jeremy 22 Dec, 2016

Fashion changes as often as the seasons, and those who like to stay trendy promptly shelve their freshly-outdated clothes to make room for their new wardrobe. But what happens to all the old clothes that are discarded in favor of the latest trend? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15.1 million tons of textile waste  was generated  in 2013, of which around 85% ended up in landfills.

 

The problem in throwing away your old clothes is that they sit and decompose in a landfill, releasing toxic greenhouse gases, rather than being reused or recycled. There are many options to get rid of old clothing items instead of throwing them away, like reselling in a yard sale or online buy/sell/trade groups, or donating to charities that accept clothing items (Goodwill, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul). Many towns, cities, and even local apparel retailers collect and recycle post-consumer textiles.

 

The EPA statistics suggest that even modest reductions in the amount of textile waste that winds up in landfills could bring a major benefit to the environment. In 2013, Americans recycled some  2.3 million tons  of textile waste, which brought a reduction in greenhouse gases equivalent to taking 1.2 million cars off the road for an entire year! Here’s what likely becomes of the textiles you recycle:

· Resold: After collection of the textiles, workers sort and separate collected textiles by color, size and quality, it is then packed, baled and sold as good reusable clothing. Shoes are reused by being resold as well. This process not only creates local jobs, it helps stimulate local economy.

· Converted to Rags: Damaged textiles are sorted out to make industrial wiping cloths and other items.

·  Made into Other Clothes: Some textiles can be remade into other pieces of clothing.

·  Discarded: If textile re-processors receive wet or soiled clothes, these may still end up being disposed of in landfill, as washing and drying facilities are not present at sorting units. This then affects the environment, so make sure when recycling or donating your clothing that the items are clean and dry.

Junk Recyclers, LLC  is a fully insured business that operates in Rochester, MN and surrounding communities. We strive to provide friendly, affordable, professional, and green removal service for both residential and commercial properties. We are a believer in extending the life of anything we can by actively donating items to Salvation Army, Savers, Goodwill, and Habitat for Humanity. Contact us at (507) 216-2365 today!

By Jeremy 06 Dec, 2016

In today’s eco-friendly world, it may seem as though the concept of recycling is a rather new idea. Despite how important recycling is in today’s culture, it has been around for hundreds of years. Here is a brief look at the history of recycling.

 

Ancient Practices

Recycling practices can be traced back to early 400 BC . Archaeologists have found indications that imperial Byzantine glass was being recycled and used in the ancient city of Sagalssos. It also appears that brass coins were melted down and used to create sculptures in ancient Rome. Times of war, plagues and famine were also catalysts for recycling practices in these ancient civilizations with archaeological proof of conservation practices using jewelry, coin and even pottery.

 

Pre-Industrial Era

Prior to the industrialization of the modern world, household recycling was a common practice. There is evidence that when household items became too worn for their intended use, they were re-purposed for other uses. Scrap metals were collected and melted down for reuse as well as ash and dust, which were often a base material for bricks.

 

The Industrial Revolution

When technology made it easier and cheaper to produce goods for purchase, some less expensive items found themselves in the refuse pile. However, during times of economic downturn, people turned back to recycling in an effort to save money.

 

World War II

The Second World War created financial distress on families, as breadwinners were off fighting the war and materials on the home front were being rationed. Metal, rubber and many food items were needed for the war efforts, making it common for families to recycle and re-purpose. Recycling during the war was seen as one’s patriotic duty and national campaigns were created to encourage people to conserve and donate.

 

Post-WWII Recycling

When the war ended, many wartime recycling efforts were also abandoned. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that it came to the forefront with many communities creating drop-off centers. This awareness began after a resurgence of the environmental movement in the 1960’s and the introduction of the universal symbol of recycling. The triangle shaped Mobius strip has been used to represent the now common recycling philosophy, reduce, reuse and recyc le.

Recycling has played a part nearly every part of human existence.  

 

At Junk Recyclers , we applaud the efforts of our forefathers in preserving our precious resources for the enjoyment of all. If you need help recycling junk, garbage and unwanted items, contact our team for professional service. Junk Recyclers cleans all property types including residential, commercial, business, estate, apartment, storage units and much more. For more information, give us a call at (507) 216-2365.

By Jeremy 21 Oct, 2016

There are lots of ways you can go green at home or at the office. Going green is a big movement for those who care about the environment. There are several ways you can be more environmentally friendly in your daily life, and this blog will look at ways you can go green and help reduce your carbon footprint.

 

●       At Work  - At the office, you can make an effort to be greener by configuring your printer to print on both sides of the paper, cutting down on half your paper use (and costs!). Also, if you’ll be away from your computer for more than 20 minutes at a time, put it in “sleep” mode to conserve energy.

 

●       Running Errands  - Bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store with you. Not only will this reduce the waste of one-time-use paper and plastic grocery bags, but it might save you some money, too! Many grocery stores and retailers offer a small cash back reward on your purchase for bringing your own grocery bags. According to the EPA , recycling 10 plastic bags can save enough energy to run your laptop for 3.4 hours!

 

●       Around the House  - Completely unplug all electronics when not in use, or before you go to bed at night. Even when your electronic items are turned off, if they’re plugged in they still draw electricity. Switch all your old incandescent lightbulbs to LED bulbs or Energy Star-rated CFL’s . Making the switch to energy efficient lighting will not only help out the environment, but it will save you money on your electricity bill as well!

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