“We’re looking to increase recycling of specialty materials—and textiles are an obvious next step. Ninety-five percent of all U.S. textiles can be reused or recycled, yet only 15% are,” said Aurora Sharrard, director of sustainability in the Office of Sustainability.
“While you should always think clothing reuse and charitable donation first, bring textiles you think are no longer usable to Pitt for recycling, and we’ll make sure they see their next life as industrial rags, insulation or yarn,” Sharrard said.
People can use the bins for unusable clothing and accessories, including coats, jewelry, shoes, gloves, linens, towels, pillows, and drapes or curtains. Mattress toppers, hazardous waste and single-stream recyclables (like paper, cardboard, metal, etc.) are not accepted. ”