Clothing Recycling Program

Fund Clothing-Recycling Program (We Need Your Financial Support)

Did you know the average American household discards an estimated 70 pounds of clothing, linen and other textiles each year? Clothing and household textiles, consisting of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, nylon and rayon, make up almost 5 percent of the total garbage in landfills. St. Vincent de Paul Society of Neenah-Menasha is looking to reduce this waste through a clothing-recycling program. Clothing recycling is the re-purposing of used clothing, cardboard, metal and other textiles that has been donated to the organization that can not be resold. Instead of distributing these items to landfills, the organization will sell bales by the pound to textile recyclers. These items can end up as wiping rags, insulation, upholstery stuffing, and ingredients in paper products or used clothing exports to other countries.

Clothing recycling keeps unwanted items out of landfills and provides an additional revenue stream for St. Vincent de Paul. Revenue can then be used to support the community. In 2017, St. Vincent de Paul supported almost 5000 individuals and gave in excess of $142,000 in direct aid.