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Managing and Reducing Costs on Textile Waste
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Textiles are materials made of interlacing natural or synthetic fibers—rugs, clothing, and upholstery are all examples of textiles.
According to the EPA, in 2015:
- The U.S. generated 16 million tons of textiles.
- The recycling rate for all textiles was 15.3% (2.5 million tons).
- Landfills received 10.5 million tons of textiles.
Consumers often donate used clothing, rugs, and other textiles to organizations such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army. Much of this is resold in the U.S., but many tons of these textiles are exported to other countries each year for resale on the used clothing market. Textiles that are unusable are often recycled into something new, but many end up in landfills.
Textiles that can be recycled (if clean) include:
- Some footwear
Textiles can be recycled into many things, including towels, mattresses, car insulation, and furniture padding. Textiles that are damaged are often sold as rags by home improvement stores.
Textile Balers for Storage and Transportation
Too many textiles still end up in landfills today. Businesses can do their part by ensuring textiles are property sorted and disposed of for reuse or recycling.
If you’re a business, charity, or municipality involved in textile recycling, a textile baler is essential. Textile bales require less space to store and are easier to transport. And, because they’re compact and take up less space on trucks, bales can lower your waste removal costs.
Global Trash Solutions offers a variety of textile balers for sale to help you manage textile waste. Our industrial waste management experts are constantly analyzing the used textiles market to help clients find better waste reduction and recycling strategies.
Contact us at (866) 570-9638 to learn more about balers for clothing and textiles and for a no-obligation consultation.