WOODBRIDGE – On Saturday, May 7, the nonprofit recycling leader Re-Purpose New Jersey’s first clothing and shoes collection drive with Woodbridge Township and Edison Wetlands Association collected over 8,000 pounds of clothing, shoes, and other textiles.
“Recycling clothing and other textiles is a great way for anyone in New Jersey to make a real difference in protecting our shared environment,” said Bob Spiegel of Re-Purpose New Jersey. “By keeping these materials out of landfills, we also strengthen our economy by saving taxpayers thousands of dollars in landfill costs. It should never be a choice between environment and economy – by re-purposing textiles, you can accomplish both.”
All day Saturday, dozens of volunteers helped collect textiles at Avenel Middle School, Colonia Middle School, Woodbridge Middle School, Iselin Middle School, and Fords Middle School. Last year’s clothing drive collected over 21,000 pounds of materials, and more than 80,000 pounds have been re-purposed and recycled so far this year by Re-Purpose New Jersey.
“Recycling has proven to be tremendously beneficial for every Woodbridge Township resident, homeowner, and business. Our new textile recycling initiative decreases reliance of natural resources, reduces our carbon footprint, and keeps unnecessary materials out of our landfills,” says Woodbridge Mayor John E. McCormac.
Woodbridge Township taxpayers saved over $70,000 last year through innovative recycling programs, and the Re-Purpose New Jersey initiative will save many more thousands of dollars – while also benefiting the environment.
“By keeping these materials from being dumped into Raritan River landfills, citizens are helping our watershed to continue its dramatic recovery,” said David Wheeler, Edison Wetlands Association director of operations. “A riverfront once off-limits to the public and filled with leaking landfills is now home to bald eagles, osprey, seals, and sea turtles – and Woodbridge’s leadership on initiatives like Re-Purpose New Jersey is a big reason why.”
Re-Purpose New Jersey is the state’s leading textile recycling pioneer. For more information and donation bin locations, please visit www.RePurposeNJ.org.
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