Nearly 60 charities, recyclable material collectors/graders, industry associations, municipalities, and fiber/wiping cloth recovery businesses were represented at this Boston gathering, which MassDEP hosted to promote the reuse and recovery of post-consumer textiles through private and public collection initiatives.
- 2015 Massachusetts Textile Stakeholder Summit
Meeting agenda and attendee list.
- Minutes of the 2015 Textile Stakeholder Summit
Notes from the proceedings and links to additional information.
- Presentation: Rhode Island Textile Campaign
Developed by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corp.
- Presentation: Worn or Torn, Donate it All
The upcoming Massachusetts textile recovery campaign.
- Presentations: School-Based Textile Collection Programs file size 4MB
Highlighting the Bag2School, City of Beverly and Town of Weymouth initiatives.
MassDEP, which held its first Textile Summit
in 2011, was the first state environmental agency in the nation to focus on textile diversion as a waste reduction strategy.
Massachusetts residents and businesses dispose of some 230,000 tons of clothing, footwear, bedding and linens each year. Nearly all of that material – up to 95 percent – could be reused or recycled into new fiber products, but only 15 percent is currently being recovered.