Now is a great time to drop off used or worn clothing that you might otherwise toss in the trash.
Let’s face it, you’ve got stuff. Maybe it’s shoes you don’t wear anymore or old bedding and towels or socks with fraying heels or T-shirts that have been sitting in the bottom of a drawer for way too many years.
This week is the time to drop off those items at Kane County’s new textile dropoff sites in Batavia and West Dundee — for several reasons.
First, spring is coming, and February is when you should be cleaning out your closets. Second, you’ll be able to recycle clothing at Kane County recycling events this year, but the 2020 events don’t start up again until April 11.
Third, and most importantly, you’ll be giving a great boost to a wonderful new Kane County recycling initiative that’s a win-win-win for consumers, environmentalists and adult workers with disabilities.
Tons of Textiles – Aiming for more
Kane County’s new clothes recycling program started in December and has been received enthusiastically by residents.
Program organizers hope to collect several thousand more pounds by mid-February. At that time they will be doing the initial analysis of the program’s success.
Since the program began in December, residents have delivered more than 8,000 pounds (4 tons) of mixed clothing to the drop-offs.
“Support for the program has been overwhelming positive since opening. However, the program relies on continued flow of clothing with the first few months being most critical in the programs stability,” said Jeffery Stagg, eWorks director of Midwest Operations. “Please help us meet this goal by delivering any unwanted clothing to the drop-off locations in the next couple of weeks.”
Kane County’s electronics recycler, eWorks has partnered with RewearAble to collect clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling. Both organizations are non-profits that provides sustainable employment for adults with disabilities.
Look above or click the links to see a beautiful VIDEO of the great work they are doing.
Kane County Drop-off Locations
Kane County accepts clean clothing, paired shoes, bedding, towels, and clean household textiles in any condition. It also accepts cloth toys, accessories and purses.
There are two places to drop off textiles for recycling — and they’re the same two drop-off locations for electronics.
Batavia, Fabyan Parkway Electronics Recycling Center
- Location: 517 E. Fabyan Parkway, Batavia
- Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday
West Dundee Public Works Electronics Recycling Center
- Location: 900 Angle Tarn, West Dundee
- Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday
DuPage County also has drop-off locations for clothes through the same program with eWorks.
Presidents Day Recycling Opportunity
The drop-off locations will be open on Monday, Feb. 17, so if you’ve got the day off for Presidents Day, it is the perfect opportunity to clear out your overflowing closets and drawers.
Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator Jennifer Jarland encourages you to recycle your clothing now.
“If you haven’t worn it in the last year or two, pass it on! Your donation will serve not only those who need good wearable clothing, but also help to provide meaningful employment to the eWorks and RewearAble staff members who sort it. It’s a win-win situation!”
Contact Kane County Recycling Coordinator Jennifer Jarlands at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-208-3841.
RewearAble is a recycling and job creation program committed to helping people with developmental disabilities pursue enviable lives through employment. Our employees conduct the in-house sorting ensuring everything we collect is prepared for reuse or repurposing.
RewearAble accepts clothing in any condition and of all types and sizes. RewearAble was created by Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. (ACLD), a leading not-for-profit agency.
ACLD is devoted to supporting the pursuit of an enviable life for children and adults with autism, learning and other developmental disabilities.
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