Recycle Webinar #3: State and Municipal Views on Textile Waste in the U.S.
Textile and apparel waste is a growing problem in the United States. Between 2000 and 2014, textiles increased in the municipal solid waste stream by a staggering 71% – more than double the growth of any other major waste category. At the same time, the EPA estimates the diversion rate of textiles remained stagnant at 15-16%. Approximately 84% of textile waste is consistently sent to landfills at an annual national cost of $3.7 billion, that is on track to reach $4.5 billion by 2020.
The unprecedented growth in textile waste is driven largely by consumer behavior and fast fashion. The speed at which consumers demand new styles, and fashion cycles move from catwalk to retailer, increase the number of cycles per year and feed a culture of rapid consumerism and disposable clothing.
This presents a growing risk to a variety of stakeholders:
- Designers, manufacturers, and retailers are seeing their brands connected with a fleeting product and excessive waste.
- Municipalities are left to manage high volumes of waste at increasing costs per ton.
- Producers face natural resource shortages and rising raw material costs.
- Consumers generate demand for low-quality, high-turnover garments, whose production has negative environment consequences and involves questionable labor practices.
Join RRS for the third in a 4-part webinar series. Speakers will shed light on why cities and states care about textile and apparel waste, what actions they are taking, and what policy considerations must be made.
• Moderator: Marisa Adler, Senior Consultant, RRS
Speakers will shed light on why cities and states care about textile and apparel waste, what actions they are taking, and what policy considerations must be made.
- Bridget Anderson, Deputy Commissioner Recycling and Sustainability, NYC Department of Sanitation: How DSNY Handles Textile Waste in a City with a Population of Almost 9 Million
- Simon Love, Reuse and Repair Specialist, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Company: Oregon’s Strategic Plan for Reuse, Repair, and Extending the Lifespan of Products
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