Drive Collecting Clothing and Shoes for Reuse

Recycling bin

(Photo: Community Recycling)

In honor of America Recycles Day, Drexel Green is launching a clothing and shoe recycling initiative in partnership with Community Recycling, a for-profit recycler of clothing with a focus on reuse and a recycling program designed specifically to engage the university population called CR Campus.

From Friday, Nov. 15, through Friday, Dec. 6, clothing recycling bins will be placed around the University City Campus, making it convenient for students, faculty, professional staff and community members to drop off used clothing, linens, shoes and accessories, such as belts, backpacks and purses, to be recycled. Community Recycling bins will be located in student residence halls as well as the lobbies of the General Services Building and parking garage at 34th and Market streets, the Creese Student Center and the Recreation Center.

The items will be sent to thrift stores in the United States, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will return to Drexel Green, which will donate all of the proceeds it receives to the Mantua Urban Peace Garden.

Drexel students, faculty and professional staff are invited to bring clothing, shoes and accessories for recycling to the Drexel Dragons women’s basketball home opener against Providence at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Daskalakis Athletic Center. A Community Recycling bin will be available at the DAC. The first 500 fans in attendance at Friday’s game will receive a complimentary environment-friendly Drexel Dragons water bottle, courtesy of Conestoga Bank.

“This initiative is a great way for the Drexel community to reduce landfill waste by recycling unwanted clothing for reuse, with the added bonus of giving something back to the community,” said Kyle Kephart, director of quality services for the office of real estate and space management and chair of the Drexel University Sustainability Council.

For comprehensive information on how to recycle all types of materials at Drexel, including paper, electronics and plastic, glass and aluminum containers, please consult the Drexel Green Recycling Guide [PDF] and Residence Hall Recycling Guide [PDF].