Richmond, California (EastBayDaily) — Campus California, a Richmond, CA based non-profit organization, has announced its end of the year results. The organization collected over 8,000,000 pounds (3500 tons) of clothing in 2011 for reuse and recycling. Based on the EPA’s Green House Gas Equivalencies Calculator, this is equivalent to preventing the release of 12,600 tons of CO2 in the air, or taking 2200 cars off the road for a year.
Campus California operates the largest clothing donation box program in the San Francisco Bay Area and continues to expand. Most recently new donation boxes were placed in Bakersfield, CA. Donations of clothing, shoes, books, toys, and DVD or other media items are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The proceeds Campus California raised from the sale of donated goods in 2011 allowed them to donate $320,000 in grants to support the training and placement of volunteers in development projects in Africa, Central, and South America. Volunteers work with impoverished communities to improve living conditions in many different ways; projects include creating small community gardens to promote sustainable growing practices and increase local food security.
Jan Sako, Campus California’s public relation manager, said, “Campus California will continue the efforts to prevent textiles from going to landfills. Our donation boxes provide a convenient way for the public to dispose of items they no longer want or need in an environmentally responsible way. The clothing we collect will be worn again, or recycled into various industrial inputs, creating sustainable jobs in the process. In general, reuse and recycling creates 8 times more jobs per ton of material than landfilling.”
“Looking forward to 2012, textile reuse and recycling will be an important part of the efforts to make California more sustainable. After a two year decline, the amount of waste deposited in landfills in the USA increased last year – that's not great news. It’s crucial that we grow our economy without growing the landfills as well.”
About Campus California: Campus California is an independent 501c3 non-profit organization from Richmond, CA servicing the largest number of clothing donation boxes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hundreds of locations are available for the public's use 24/7 across 130 different cities, with more being added all the time. Campus California collects clothing, shoes, books, toys, original CD, DVD, Blu-Ray and other media for recycle and reuse. The organization uses the proceeds from the sale of collected clothing as grants to support recruitment and training programs for Development Instructors, dedicated volunteers who work with sustainable development projects in different parts of the world. Since the start of the program in 2003, this organization has collected over 10,000 tons of donated clothing. Donations of items in good condition are tax-deductible; please visit http://www.campus-california.org for more information.