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hard-to-recycle materials facilitate waste
diversion and green economic development.
CHaRM also supports the Boulder community
by partnering with organizations that employ
people who would otherwise have difficulty
finding work. The facility works with Blue Star
Recyclers to hire adult employees who are on
the Autism spectrum (whose neurodivergence
often means they are able to accurately and
painstakingly separate material components in
electronics), as well as SpringBack, a company
that employs disenfranchised workers, including
individuals with felonies. The CHaRM is one
of the key pieces of zero waste infrastructure
needed in every community to replace landfills
and incinerators, and the CHaRM has been
replicated in several communities around the
U.S. Learn more at www.ecocycle.org/charm.
CASE ST UDY
Managing textile waste in New York City
Textile waste makes up nearly 10% of municipal
solid waste in the U.S. While PAYT operations
typically see a sustained 18% increase
to secondhand clothing retailers, many
municipalities also operate textile collection
programs to improve diversion. The New York
City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) works
with local nonprofits to operate a textile
program at schools, offices, commercial
8 Eco-cycle. (2016). Center for Hard-to-Recyle Materials.
9 United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling.
Textiles: Material-Specific Data. https://www.epa.gov/
10 WasteZero. Textiles Recycling. https://www.
businesses, and farmers markets across the
city to make textile diversion as convenient
as possible. DSNY helps buildings determine
appropriate size and placing for their
receptacles, which also provide donors with
tax receipts as a donation incentive. Cities can
design straightforward, distributed collection
infrastructure targeting specific, commonly
discarded non-recyclable items to rther shrink
the municipal waste stream.
Some donated textiles are recycled into
cloth for industrial uses, or into fibers for
uses such as building and auto insulation.
However, nearly half of clothing donated
to charities in U.S. are exported to the
Global South, where the influx of
cheap secondhand clothes is disrupting
domestic textile industries. Cities
should encourage charities to circulate
and recycle donated textiles domestically
before exporting secondhand clothing,
and prioritize reducing excessive textile
11 Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles. Advocacy.
12 Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles. Update
on East African Community Ban on Importation of Used