It is estimated that nearly 85% of all clothing and textiles end up in landfills in the U.S. today. The EPA estimates that the average person throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year. Textile and clothing waste is a significant problem in our country. It is estimated that anywhere from 5 to 10% of all waste that is sent to municipal landfills is comprised of textiles.
The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO) established a community-wide program where clothing and textiles can be collected for reuse and recycling. The program will accept new, gently used, used or unwanted/worn, women’s, men’s and children’s clothing and textiles. All fabrics will be accepted. Even clothes or textiles with stains or holes, along with those notorious single socks, will be accepted.