The City of Austin, Texas has a goal of reaching zero waste by 2040. Clothing recycling and reuse is an important part of the equation if we are going to meet our goal. The City of Austin recently signed a contract with a for-profit company called Simple Recycling to provide curb-side pickup of clothing from residences. Several local non-profits such as Salvation Army and Goodwill have criticized the plan indicating it would take away from their programs to received donated clothing from Austin citizens. We had both sides represented on the show this week:
Adam Winfield is President and Founder of Simple Recycling. With a focus on offering simplicity and convenience, Adam created Simple Recycling to dramatically reduce the significant waste stream of clothing, shoes and reusable home goods clogging our nation’s landfills. As the largest and fastest growing curbside clothing collection company in the country, Simple Recycling is highest impact environmental initiative a city can implement for no cost and will no operational requirements.
Traci Berry, Sr. VP of Community Engagement and Education at Goodwill in Austin, Texas. Goodwill has been accepting clothing for recycling, reuse, and repurposing in Austin for almost 60 years. Goodwill is concerned that the new curbside recycling plan will reduce donation to its organization and other non-profits in Austin and possibly reducing jobs and local flow of funds.
Can the for-profit and non-profits co-exsist and increase clothing recycling in Austin? Listen to our Shades of Green Podcast to find out.
Stacy Savage, Janis Bookout, Brandi Clark Burton, Amy Stansbury, Traci Berry, John Hoffner