Private clothing donation bins are helping municipalities lower the cost of waste disposal by providing consumers with a convenient way to recycle unwanted textiles. But bins do much more than this, and can even help mobilize social thought and action.
But donation bins must be properly maintained and managed. Municipalities across the nation are beginning to recognize the need for regulating recycling bins in their communities. Examples where local regulations have been passed include: Fairfax County, Virginia; Laurel, Maryland; Cleveland, Ohio; Gastonia, North Carolina; Portage, Michigan; and Worchester, Massachusetts. (Read what one assistant city planner had to say about his municipality's experience with bin regulations by clicking here.)
Planet Aid applauds local efforts to make recycling available to the public, and we offer our support to help make sure that consumers have a way to conveniently recycle their textiles without any hassles or drawbacks. We encourage government representatives and others to download our white paper: Five Things Local Governments Must Know About Private Clothing Donation Bins.
Bin Regulation in the News
Recycling and Bin Convenience
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Climate Change and Textiles
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Major Reports on Climate Change
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