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Sanitation to Sponsor Used Clothing Collection Drives at City Housing Authority Sites

May 29,2007 | Vito A. Turso / Matthew Li Pani

Press Release # 07-28, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty announced today that the Department of Sanitation, in partnership with Goodwill Industries and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), will sponsor a series of clothing and linen collection events at various NYCHA sites in June. The events are designed to assist communities not widely served by donation outlets and reduce the amount of reusable clothing and linens currently being thrown away as trash. 

The events will be held, rain or shine, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. 
on the following days:

Saturday, June 2nd
Linden Houses - Brooklyn 
In front of the flagpole on Wortman Avenue, 
mid-block between Vermont Street and Van Siclen Avenue

Saturday, June 9th     
Ravenswood Houses - Queens
NYCHA parking lot on 21st Street, across from the Ravenswood Library

Saturday, June 16th    
Castle Hill Houses - Bronx
On Randall Avenue, in front of the Community Center

The Department's research has found that clothing, linens, shoes and used carpeting make up 7% of New York City's trash (over 190,000 tons or 380 million pounds per year).  Items accepted for these special collections include clean, gently-used clothing (pants, dresses, skirts, sweaters, shoes, handbags, and belts) and linens (blankets, towels, sheets, curtains, tablecloths). To avoid moisture contamination, donated items should be placed in securely tied clear plastic bags. Tax-deduction receipts will be provided by Goodwill Industries, upon request.

"Residents at NYCHA housing are an untapped resource for used clothing and linen collections. This may be due to their lack of access to thrift stores or other places where they can easily donate their unwanted clothing," said Commissioner Doherty. 

Sanitation has worked with Goodwill Industries in the past to collect clothing from all New Yorkers at previous "Spring Cleaning" and "Electronics Recycling & Clothing Donation Events," including events held last spring.  

"These collection events have shown that when given the opportunity, New Yorkers have a strong desire to donate clothing," said Commissioner Doherty. Goodwill Industries sells the collected clothing through their various outlet stores to fund their charitable work. 

Tony Solomita, NYCHA's Recycling Coordinator, said his agency is "excited to give NYCHA residents a chance to give back to the community and help the environment by reducing their waste." 

The Department encourages all New Yorkers to donate unwanted clothing and other household items in good condition to local thrift stores or non-profit organizations.