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Date: Tue Mar 04 1997 - 04:11:00 EST

Date: Tue, 4 Mar 97 09:11 WET
Subject: Re: Textile disposal (John Davis)

March 4, 1997

Dear John Davis,

At curbside, volume is very low. Reuse programs generally attest that individuals donate clothing on average once per year. The Council for Textile Recycling, 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 1212, Bethesda, MD 20814 may have additional figures, but we haven t found them to be reliable.
In 1989 they calimed that 2 million tons of textile waste was diverted from the solid waste stream, but failed to mention that most of this was for reuse and at reuse centers. They also fail to mention that their largest market is export. EPA figures for 1994 show that 6.6 million tons of textiles waste were generated of which 11% was rtecovered for export, leaving discards of 5.8 million tons and the lions share of that was landfilled. Textiles were clothing, furniture, carpets, footwear and sheets and towels.

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