Gotham officials have their work cut out for them. Over 190,000 tons of textiles made their way into Big Apple landfills in 2008 alone, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. “You can open a black bag at the landfill and see what looks like new clothing,” Robert Lange, the director of Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling in New York, tells the Associated Press. “It is easier to throw it out than recycle.”
Over 190,000 tons of textiles made their way into Big Apple landfills in 2008 alone, according to the EPA.
The city, which is looking to install 50 clothing-collection bins in high-traffic areas, is currently taking bids for a 10- to 15-year contract with a nonprofit organization that will be responsible for them.