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Donate clothing via 'Clothes for Community'

Innovative new program helps community while recycling

Posted: November 18, 2009 12:11 p.m.
Updated: November 18, 2009 2:57 p.m.
 
The city of Santa Clarita, Waste Management and the Salvation Army invite community members to participate in a new and innovative program called "Clothes for Community."

The new mobile clothing drive allows community members to donate their gently used clothing to those in need, while reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills.

There are two ways for community members to participate in Clothes for Community: drop-off or pick-up. For drop-off, residents may drop-off clothing to be donated at the specially-designated Salvation Army Drop Box, located at the Waste Management/Blue Barrel Yard at 25772 Springbrook Rd., Saugus 91350, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays.

For the pick-up program, scheduled to begin during the first quarter of 2010, Waste Management will mail "bag-tags" to every household in the city. Residents will simply place clean clothing in wearable condition in garbage bags or cardboard boxes, tape a Waste Management "bag tag" with a pick-up date to the front, and leave the bags on the curb on the designated pick-up day to be collected by Salvation Army trucks.

"Each year, Americans send millions of pounds of unwanted clothing to landfills," said Mayor Pro Tem Laurene Weste. "Clothes for Community provides local residents with a way to give to others in need this holiday season, while helping to collectively reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills."

In the coming months, Waste Management will send out "bag tags" with donation instructions and a designated pick-up date directly to residents' homes. Clothing must be placed curbside on the correct designated pick-up date in order to be collected by the Salvation Army.

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