NYC Zero Waste News: Clothing is Not Garbage

(GROWNYC) February 16, 2020

The average New Yorker tosses 46 pounds of clothing and other textiles in the trash each year—that’s 200,000 tons of reusable and recyclable material sent to landfills. The good news? In 2019 more than 1 million pounds of clothing were dropped for reuse or recycling at GrowNYC collections alone, and upcycling, mending, and second-hand fashion are all on the rise. NYC even has a whole week dedicated to sustainable clothing!

We work to increase participation in New York City’s zero waste initiatives with workshops for residents and supers, community events centered on education, weekly collections for food scraps and clothing, Stop ‘N’ Swap ® community reuse events, and more.