TEXTILE RECOVERY


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North Country Re-Use Training

Sign up now for this FREE training opportunity in 2015!
Recycling and re-using textiles and household goods.

First, TEXTILE RECOVERY - next COLLEGE MOVE OUT DAYS - then THE WORLD!
Okay, maybe just the Region - but that's good too!

                    .........North Country Re-use Training.......... 
             << Implementing Re-use Opportunities >>
                     Innovative Strategies & Best Management Practices


Our coalition did the TEXTILE RECOVERY CAMPAIGN 
in November 2014 - in May 2015 it's
                                COLLEGE MOVE OUT DAYS!

More TEXTILE and HOUSEHOLD item reclamation can happen with your help, with this free training session!

Thursday, April 30, 2015
9 am – 2 pm

Human Services Center, 2nd Floor Conference Center
(above the DMV office)
80 State Highway 310, near Rt. 11, Canton, NY
(please see TO REGISTER at the bottom of this page)

Reclaim and recycle thousands of items that would otherwise go to landfill every time the colleges let out for the Summer! Some schools have plans for re-use already in place and will join forces with us, others are getting their first experience with this type of event - help us to make it a success!

The hands-on training you receive in the conference below can be put to good use in organizing this re-use event and many more in the future. We need volunteers! 

Come learn, have fun, and help out.
Contact Athena at athena@nerc.org (802-254-3636) or Jan M. Oatman at joatman@danc.org (315-661-3234).


Sponsored by NERC, DANC, St. Lawrence County Solid Waste, St. Lawrence County EMC and the
Local Living Venture.

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The North Country Re-Use Training event is a gathering for concerned citizens, community activists, decision makers, municipal staff, nonprofit organizations, schools, and others!

Join us to learn about re-use programs and the role re-use plays in reducing waste in our communities.


Topics include

· Re-use program design & implementation
  Ongoing (e.g., material exchanges, reuse sheds)
  Special events (e.g., toy swaps)
  Targeted materials: textiles, household goods, toys/children’s items, electronics, etc.
· Establishing a Re-use Center
· Textile Recovery (expanding what we did last November!)
· Campus Re-use (already in progress!)
· Public participation & outreach
· Leveraging existing reuse opportunities and regional partnerships
· Logistics, administration, staffing/volunteers, budgeting, legal questions, and more!


This training will be a round-table format with presenters and participants actively engaging in discussion. Each participant will receive a copy of the Best Management Practices for Re-use for Small and Rural Communities Guide on a flash drive, along with other resources. 

Lunch and refreshments are provided.

The event is FREE but registration is limited. A response is requested by April 27.


TO REGISTER
or for more information contact Athena at athena@nerc.org (phone: 802-254-3636) or Jan M. Oatman at joatman@danc.org (phone: 315-661-3234.)

Sponsored by NERC, DANC, St. Lawrence County Solid Waste, St. Lawrence County EMC and the Local Living Venture.


PHOTO CREDIT: US Environmental Protection Agency.
Materials Management Hierarchy.

 

April 30th, 2015
9:00 AM
  through   2:00 PM
Human Services Center
2nd Floor (above DMV)
80 State Highway 310
Canton, NY




ARCHIVAL 2014



Textile Recovery Campaign

DONATE YOUR OLD, YOUR WORN, YOUR TIRED
    America Recycles Day - Textile Recovery Program
          KICK OFF -- Saturday, November 15
         One week only! Through November 22


Full week, not just the 15th, in St. Lawrence County only  

Outside of St. Lawrence County?  

Please CLICK HERE to find an outlet near you!  


DROP OFF ANY TEXTILE (see list below) WHETHER IT IS IN GOOD SHAPE OR NOT - keep them out of the waste stream and in the re-use and recycle streams! 

The New York State Association of Reduction, Reuse and Recycling (NYSAR) is spearheading a Textile Recovery Campaign to promote awareness about reusing or recycling textiles.

This is a statewide educational campaign that will roll out FOR ONE WEEK OF TEXTILE COLLECTIONS in St. Lawrence County beginning on America Recycles Day (11/15), with various partners such as the Local Living Venture (LLV.)   (Note: Other Counties have one day programs on November 15 only.)  We are very fortunate here in St. Lawrence County  - we have a full week to get things in to many area thrift stores!

The LLV is contacting every thrift outlet in St. Lawrence County in an attempt to get them all on board to accept textiles -- in some cases that they might not normally choose to work with. 

With the help of the EMC, the St. Lawrence Solid Waste Department, and leadership from the Recycling program at DANC, the leftover items not wanted by the thrift stores will be transported to recycling, re-use and rag facilities in the state.

Therefore, items do NOT have to be use-able - any torn or stained items will be recycled!  Wet or mildewed/moldy and smelly items are the only restricted textile.


The definition of "Textiles" includes (dry, not mildewed or moldy)
  • clothing
  • shoes
  • sneakers
  • belts
  • purses
  • blankets
  • sheets
  • towels
  • draperies
  • stuffed animals. 

In the US, approximately 85% of unwanted textiles are land-filled - only 15% are donated to thrift stores.  The average US citizen throws away approximately 70 lbs of textiles per year for a total of 21 billion pounds.

Join in and gather your goods to donate between November 15th and November 22nd (some locations have restrictions on drop-off times, so please check their stipulations below.)


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More outlets coming soon !
(please bookmark this page)

Outside of St. Lawrence County? 
Please CLICK HERE to find an outlet near you!

OUTLETS ACCEPTING TEXTILES
Saturday, November 15 through Saturday, November 22nd
Check the hours of operation - many outlets are not open weekends!

IMPORTANT NOTE:  These outlets may or may not usually accept textiles at all, or only certain kinds.  Most of them will accept ANY during this time frame but PLEASE check the notes relevant to each outlet, as posted below.  If they are inundated with merchandise that they were clear they don't want, they will not participate again next year, or as part of any year-round program either!  PLEASE be respectful of their wishes stated below.  Please also do not expect that they will accept these items at other times of year, necessarily.

POTSDAM

C.O.R.C. Thrift Store
8 Willow St. Potsdam
315-265-3940
Open Tue-Sat 11am - 5pm
On Facebook at C.O.R.C. Thrift Store
Generally accepts: clothing and other textiles not stained or ripped.  Only items in very good condition normally - no rips, tears, etc.
For "Textile Recovery Week", they will accept: all textiles, including "rag-bin" material.  This week only!

Kidz Klozet and More
145 Market St. (SeaComm Plaza), Potsdam
315-274-9140
Open Mon-Sat 9am - 5pm
on Facebook at The Kidz Klozet & More
Generally accepts: all clothing and other textiles EXCEPT stuffed animals.  Sends extra items to the Third World for repair and re-use. MUST be bagged, cannot accept items in boxes please.
For "Textile Recovery Week", they will accept: all textiles, including "rag-bin" material, as per their usual policy.  Will also accept stuffed animals, but this week only!  MUST be bagged, cannot accept items in boxes please.

CANTON

Canton Neighborhood Center
5 West Street Canton
315-386-3541
Open M-F 8 - 3 pm (no weekend hours)
Generally accepts: clothing and other textiles not stained or ripped.  Only items in very good condition normally - no rips, tears, etc.
For "Textile Recovery Week", they will accept: all textiles, including "rag-bin" material.  This week only!

A-Z Thrift Store
47 Riverside Drive, Canton
315-386-2869
Open Tu 8:30 - 4, W-F 11 - 6, Sat 10 - 3
On Facebook at A to Z Thrift Shop
Accepting donations on a pre-arranged basis only.  Very full!  Please call to make arrangements.
Generally accepts: clothing and other textiles not stained or ripped.  Only items in very good condition normally - no rips, tears, etc.
For "Textile Recovery Week", they will accept:
all textiles, including "rag-bin" material.  This week only!

Church and Community Thrift Store
7 Main Street, Canton
315-386-3534
Open M-F 9:30am - 3:30pm (no weekend hours)
Generally accepts: clothing only, not stained or ripped, no other textiles.  Only items in very good condition normally - no rips, tears, etc.
For "Textile Recovery  Week", they will accept: 
all textiles, including "rag-bin" material.  This week only!

GOUVERNEUR

St. James Thrift Shop
164 East Main St., Gouverneur (near North and South Gordon Streets)
315-323-2654
Open M-Sat 10am - 2pm - By Appointment Only please (limited space)
Generally accepts: clothing and other household textiles, not stained or ripped.  Only items in very good condition normally - no rips, tears, etc.  Appointment not usually required, only during this Campaign.
For "Textile Recovery Week", they will accept: 
all textiles, including "rag-bin" material.  This week only!  By appointment only during this one-week Campaign (limited space!) - please call to make arrangements.

COLTON

Colton-Pierrepont Central School
If you're willing to sort for these items only, the school's Environmental Club/Green Team is collecting jeans and tee-shirts only from which they will make reusable shopping bags for handing out at Winterfest. 
Information on when/how to access this drop-off point are forthcoming. Check back here!


OGDENSBURG & MASSENA

Please check back to see if we have been successful in partnering with any sites in Ogdensburg!  We hope to add one soon, though it looks unlikely that anything will happen in Massena unfortunately.


Dedicated Drop Off Sites
(no public access) Contact your administration for more details if you are affiliated with this school/center.

SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center
For registered daycare families only, not open to the public
Drop-off M-F, November 17th through the 21st.

St. Lawrence University: Barn Good Thrift Store
For SLU employees and students only
Drop off November 17th through 21st



Where does it all go?
More information on what is happening with materials (that are not used by the stores) that are being trucked away is available by clicking on the logos of partnering organizers below as well.  The stores have first choice for the merchandise, but leftovers will be taken away for recycling!

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A partnership between

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                    St. Lawrence County logistics in partnership between:


St. Lawrence County Environmental Management Council  
Advisory Board to the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators with staff support via the County Planning Office   

St. Lawrence County Solid Waste Department
Providing the residents of St. Lawrence County with economical and environmentally sound solid waste disposal options and recycling avenues.

cid:image003.jpg@01CD0DB6.45E69240Development Authority of the North Country (DANC) 
As a project of their North Country Recycles program  





Local Living Venture


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WHAT NEXT?
Okay, this is one week (November 15 - 22, 2014) but what about after that?  Are you interested in working on a project to assure this is an ongoing campaign?  Please be in touch!  LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com





Administrative Use Only

Hello Friends!

We've had a tremendous response for information about this project, so please excuse this "mass-mailer" in response.  We're a small volunteer-run organization and can only handle a certain amount of correspondence - but we are heartened by how many folks are interested in this topic! 

We put together a webpage of basic information that hopefully answers your basic questions, at least.  The week of 11/15 to 11/22 is when we have set it up, so check the days and times the closest outlets to you are available and drop off anything at all, including torn, stained or otherwise "un-useable" items.

It includes the outlets that will accept your goods - and when - but it is still being updatedSo please check back in on this page.

www.sustainablelivingproject.net/textile-recovery

Thanks so much!  If your questions aren't answered at the site, please feel free to write back of course!

Thanks so much,
Melinda, Chelle, Rajiv
for the Local Living Venture team

PS If you are closer to Jefferson County or Lewis County, every County landfill and recycling center there will be accepting donations on Saturday, Nov. 15th only.  This is not the case in St. Lawrence County however!  We have a full week to get things in to many area thrift stores - even things they normally do not accept are good for this (currently annual) event!  Outside of St. Lawrence County?  Please CLICK HERE to find an outlet near you! 




Contact the Local Living Venture at LocalLivingVenture@gmail.com


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