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WSRA Hosts Textile Recycling Workshop

Monday, February 24, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lindsay Kittleson
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Includes Tours of Textile Recovery Facilities
Tukwila, WA, February 24, 2014 -- At a time when global recycling markets are in flux, the market for textiles is growing and adapting to new reuse opportunities. Recognizing the growing business potential here, the Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA), a nonprofit organization representing the state’s diverse recycling industry, is presenting an all-day educational workshop, "Old Shoe, New Trick: Textile Recovery, Reuse & Recycling.” This business networking event and educational workshop will take place on Friday, March 21 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Seattle Goodwill Headquarters, located at 700 Dearborn Place S. 
This workshop will offer a behind-the-scenes look at how unwanted textiles move from drop-off collection sites to new homes and new products in neighborhoods around the world. Participants will learn from topic experts from every facet of the textile recovery, reuse, retail and recycling marketplace, and tour Seattle Goodwill’s new LEED™ Gold certified Job Training and Education Center and main processing center, as well as Buffalo Industries
Among the speakers will be those from:
  • USAgain, LLC, a textile collector and recycler
  • King County LinkUp, a King County program that works to expand markets for selected recyclable and reusable materials 
  • San Francisco Department of the Environment, i:City Program
This event is open to the public and includes lunch, topic discussions and networking opportunities with leaders in Washington’s recycling industry. Students and professors in the environmental science fields are highly encouraged to participate. Registration costs are as follows: WSRA members $65, Non-members $85, students with a valid student ID $40. 
Presenting Sponsors of this event include Seattle Goodwill, King County LinkUp and USAgain, LLC. Additional sponsors include Buffalo Export LLC and Cascadia Consulting Group. 
To register for the event, please go to or call the WSRA office at (206) 244-0311.
The Washington State Recycling Association, formed in 1976, provides leadership, networking, advocacy and education to foster the expansion, diversity and economic vitality of recycling in support of sustainable resource management. WSRA "Washington Recycles Every Day” (WRED) events provide business connections and education throughout the local recycling industry. Additional events are planned around the state during the summer. Contact Washington State Recycling Association, 206-244-0311,
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