Founded in 1999, Charity Recycling Service (CRS) was created with the business model of sustainable and environmental partnerships with more than 1,000 nonprofit and corporate organizations throughout the U.S. for fundraising and clothing/textile recycling. Georgia organizations include: The Dave Thomas Foundation via Wendy’s stores, Gwinnett County Public School district, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Spelman College, Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM), Lifecycle Building Center and Woodward Academy.
CRS collects, diverting from landfills, and domestically and internationally repurposes more than 20 million pounds annually. The collection and repurposing of used textiles serves two very important purposes by creating jobs worldwide and protecting the environment. 85% of clothing goes into local landfills. CRS practices a longstanding global social, economic and environmental initiative and impact.
“In Georgia, CRS partners with hundreds of organizations, both commercial and nonprofit, to raise funds and benchmark sustainability goals,” explains Andrea Burroughs, CRS Georgia Program Director. “This is both a humbling and rewarding experience to set up and begin textile recycling programs, in some cases, an organizations’ first step in sustainability practices, or expand an organization’s recycling beyond paper, plastic and metal. Gwinnett school district, in its first year, collected more than 100,000 pounds, and was paid more than $10,000.”
Brenda McDaniel, Gwinnett County Public Schools Environmental Manager shares, “It is exciting to see a textile recycling program now servicing Gwinnett County Schools. CRS provides collection bins to the schools at no cost, yet the schools earn money for collected materials. The program is easy on staff as the bins are equipped with sensors that notify CRS before the bin is full. – Therefore no monitoring. A win-win !”
Examples of more mature school districts: Miami Dade Schools collected over 360,000 pounds raising $36,000, and Palm Beach Schools collected over 580,000 pounds raising $58,000.
CRS is the only textile recycling company in the country to have invested in and deployed bin monitoring technology in every bin. Sensors within the bins take photos throughout the day and communicate with software for service routing, minimizing fuel consumption and carbon footprint.
To promote the organizations’ initiatives, signage on the bins states “Proceeds benefit (organization name)”, mission statement and website. Collection bins are stainless steel, made in the U.S.A., and require less than ¼ of a parking space.
For more information, contact
Andrea Burroughs, Georgia Program Director,