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. 

MassDEP, which held its first Textile Summit pdf format of 2011 Massachusetts Textile Reuse & Recycling Summit
doc format of                             textile-summit.doc                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.