Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Jay Katari on Textile Recycling

I want to talk about textiles.  The textile recycling industry, representing approximately 2,000 companies, removes from the solid waste stream 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile product waste every year.

Between 1990 and 2003, the United States exported nearly 7 billion pounds of used clothing and worn textile products around the world, according to the World Trade Atlas. The average American throws away about 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per year.  Imagine if some of those clothes could be used to help poor and underprivileged children and adults in our country and abroad.

Most recycling firms are actually small, family-owned businesses, with fewer than 500 employees, the majority of recycling firms employ between 35 and 50 people.
The industry as a whole is a powerful generator of growth, employing approximately 10,000 semi-skilled and workers at the primary processing level, and creates an additional 7,000 jobs at the final processing stage.  Primary and secondary processors of recyclable textile products account for annual gross sales of $400 million and $300 million respectively.

Textile recycling firms contribute to the revenue base of federal, state and local governments.  They are Main Street – not Wall Street. 

Textile recyclers export 61 percent of their products.  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, export sales of recycled clothing from the U.S. exceeded $217 million in 1999.

While a few progressive communities sponsor textile recycling programs or actively support textile recycling, most do not.  About 85 percent of used textilesend up at landfills where it occupies about 4 percent of landfill space.

About the Author: Jay Katari is a social entrepreneur and a successful businessman in South Florida specializing in used clothing collection and recycling.

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