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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

San Francisco Wants Your Worn-Out Socks and Underwear

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 4:30 PM

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And here you never thought the city would ask!

The environmental leaders over at City Hall are not shy about saying they'd like you to give them all of your used or unwanted clothing, including your boxers, belts, shoes, socks, undergarments, jeans, linens, towels ... and the list goes on.

As part of the city's effort to achieve Zero Waste by 2020, San Francisco recently decided it was time to start recycling textiles, which can be reused for insulation materials, flooring, packaging, and cushioning stuffed in toys, insoles, and bags, according to the Department of Environment.

Not to make you feel guilty, but San Franciscans send more than 4,500 pounds of textiles to the landfill every hour. That's about 39 million pounds we ship off to the waste stream each year.

We already have good environmental momentum in San Francisco which set a North American record for recycling & composting. So whats stopping you from adding a textile bin next to your compost and recycle bins?

Find a map of drop off locations at RecycleWhere.

Also, to find out about getting a free textile collection bin at your location, contact lead partner I:CO (I:Collect USA) via email or phone 323-526-2700. Collection bins and other clothing reuse options are also available through Goodwill (email or call 415-575-2287), The Salvation Army (415-643-8000), and USAgain (510-690-8630).

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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