Edison Wetlands Launches Clothing Drive At Mall

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WOODBRIDGE – Edison Wetlands Association (EWA), Re-Purpose New Jersey and Bayshore Recycling Corp. today launched the second Woodbridge Center Mall Clothing Drive with a press event celebrating this weekend’s clothes and shoes donation drive. Volunteers will be collecting clothing, shoes and other textiles this entire weekend of Nov. 6 and 7 during mall visiting hours.

Clothing and shoes can be donated at Woodbridge Center Mall this weekend outside the Applebee’s entrance between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, and between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.

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“We are excited to show yet again that protecting the environment and strengthening the local economy can go hand-in-hand, especially when the strong commitment of elected officials and business leaders is involved,” said David Wheeler, EWA Director of Operations. “By donating clothing, shoes, and other materials this weekend, we are not only reducing the waste entering landfills, we are strengthening our economy by saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in landfill costs. It should never be a choice between environment or economy – recycling and re-purposing our clothes and shoes accomplishes both.”

Wheeler was joined by Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac, Bayshore Recycling’s Valerie Montecalvo, Woodbridge Center Mall’s Karen Brenner, and Re-Purpose New Jersey’s Dana Patterson. The first clothing drive – held this past Earth Day in April – collected over 10,000 pounds of materials, and more than 80,000 pounds have been re-purposed and recycled so far this year by Re-Purpose New Jersey.

“The Re-Purpose New Jersey clothing drive is great for the environment by conserving our natural resources, and great for the economy bysaving taxpayers thousands of dollars,” said Mayor McCormac. “The Township of Woodbridge is excited to partner with Edison Wetlands on issues like recycling and the Brownfield Redevelopment in Keasbey that benefit both the economy and the environment.”

In addition to Bayshore Recycling and Woodbridge Center Mall, a number of other businesses are participating in this clothing drive, including Liberty Bagels, Applebee’s,and Chik-Fil-A, as is the Rutgers University’s Environmental Communications student group.

Since 1989, the nonprofit Edison Wetlands Association has led the fight in protecting human health and the environment in central New Jersey. Bayshore Recycling Corp. is a state-of-the-art recycling facility and nationally recognized sustainability innovator.


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