Industry Recycling Vision: Reduce Solid Waste by Reducing / Reusing / Recycling
Textile Recycling, often referred to as the “Original” Recycling, is the world’s oldest form of recycling. Over 3.8 billion pounds of textile waste is diverted from landfills each year by our recycling efforts.(1) Clothing and household textiles currently represent 5.2% of the waste stream filling our landfills.(1)
The US has lagged behind the European Union (EU) for decades in recycling efforts. For example the EU has classified textiles as waste and has mandated textile recycling since 1993.(1) As a result, EU diverts 50% of textile waste from landfills to recyclers compared to the US only recycling 25%.(1)
Cycla’s is driven to help customers maximize their recycling efforts through the purchase of their recyclable secondary materials.
- REDUCE consumer waste through the distribution of reclaimed materials (textiles, metals, plastics, etc. recovered in pure or usable form) vs. newly manufactured materials.
- REUSE products through domestic retail or wholesale outlets or by exporting to developing countries, particularly clothing, shoes, accessories, and books.
- RECYCLE products to transform for further use, such as transforming garments, towels and institutional linens into wiping cloths for industrial use.
(1) Source: SMART – Secondary Materials and Recycled Textile Association