According to the EPA, each year, 2,500,000,000 pounds of used clothing ended up in the landfill, with the average US citizen throwing away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually. Often, consumers donate their clothing to organizations such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or smaller local organizations such as TWD Inc., where they are sold or given away for re-use. Many communities support textile recycling and pick up clean and dry clothing through curbside recycling. But what happens to the clothes that are unusable or do not sell in the U.S? They are baled and often sold to other countries or recycled into something new.
Textiles that can be Recycled
Many types of textiles can be recycled (if they are clean) such as clothes, upholstery, curtains, towels, rugs, carpet, sheets, blankets towels, handbags, mats, and even some footwear.
What Textiles are Recycled Into
Textiles that are damaged may be recycled into something other than clothing or their original form. For instance, textiles can be recycled into towels, mattresses, car insulation, wiping rags, furniture padding, and many other items.
Textile Recycling – Baling for Storage and Transportation
Companies, charities, municipalities, and apparel and footwear companies who are involved in textile recycling know the importance of having a textile baler to ensure easier storage and transport. Here are the textile balers by Harmony Enterprises.
M60STD Baler – The M60STD Vertical Baler is among our most popular vertical balers in the industry. Designed with the perfect combination of high perfomance and excellent value, the M60STD is loaded with features, quality components and the flexibility to bale textiles or a wide variety of other materials.
S60XD Baler – The S60XD Vertical Baler has a large 7″ cylinder and extra long 64″ stoke to provide the highest density bales in it’s class. With incredibly dense bales, you can produce fewer, heavier bales of textiles or other recyclables, and save money on labor and transportation costs.
S60XDRC Baler – With the S60XDRC Automatic Baler, your textile baling jobs are done fast. This baler can be coupled with a rear hopper and conveyor to save labor and prep time, or allow you the option of manually feeding recyclables through the front door. The S60XDRC consistently produces high quality, dense bales without preconditioning, saving you space, money, and transportation costs.
Clothing and textiles are nearly 100% recyclable. Whether the clothing is re-used through a local thrift store, sent to another country, broken down and reused into rags, or produced into energy, our goal should be zero waste.
Please contact Harmony Enterprises at 800-658-2320 if your company or organization is interested in learning more about balers for clothing and textiles.