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Legislature Supports Statewide Campaign on Textile Recycling

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Legislature Supports Statewide Campaign on Textile Recycling

Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Legislature went on record demonstrating its strong support of a statewide campaign to recover more textiles from the waste stream.  The vote was unanimous, with Legislators Kathy Luz Herrera and Mike Sigler excused.  The measure notes that the United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 85% of textiles are trashed, instead of being donated for reuse or recycling, and that in New York State along, 1.4 billion pounds of textiles, with a market value of $200 million, trashed each year.  The action applauds the first-of-its-kind textile recovery campaign coordinated by several trade organizations and notes that Tompkins County, with its goal of 75% waste diversion from the landfill by 2015, seeks to take a continued leadership role in recycling efforts by promoting textile recovery efforts.