In space-starved New York City, it can be too easy for residents to let unassorted stuff pile up in their jammed-packed apartments, especially clothing. It can be even easier to simply throw that clothing away when it’s time to make room for new wares.
In fact, nearly 200,000 tons of textile material is tossed into New York City trash cans each year. That's 6 percent of the city’s waste stream.
In New York City, clothing and textiles account for more than six percent of all garbage, which translates to 193,000 tons tossed annually. (These numbers mirror national averages: Americans recycle or donate only 15 percent of their used clothing, and the rest—about 10.5 million tons a year—goes into landfills, giving textiles one of the poorest recycling rates of any reusable material.)
City officials want to change that. Watch how New York City is making it easier for residents to recycle their unwanted clothing through its re-fashioNYC program instead of throwing it away: