Nonprofits seek Garfield County’s help to recycle clothing
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Two area nonprofit organizations working for the needy – LIFT-UP and Defiance Thrift Store – want to start a used-clothing recycling program.
In order to do that, Mike Powell of LIFT-UP said he hopes Garfield County will extend a special nonprofit landfill rate to the Defiance organization, just as it has been doing for LIFT-UP.
In a July 27 letter to the Garfield County commissioners, Powell noted that LIFT-UP currently pays $1 for every truckload of unsellable items sent to the county landfill.
That compares to a typical fee of $5 per 140 pounds or so of stuff brought to the dump by residents in general.
Powell asked that the special rate be granted to Defiance, which Powell’s letter described as “a … nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to provide financial support for Family Visitor [programs] and LIFT-UP.”
Powell said the three organizations share board members as well as community goals.
It recently became apparent that thousands of pounds of used clothing, brought in to the thrift stores, but never sold, were going into the county landfill every month, he said.
Two years ago, Powell approached the Manaus Fund in Carbondale, which provides funding and support to certain nonprofit entrepreneurial efforts, about putting together a recycling program, according to Manaus Executive Director Morgan Jacober.
She said the fund’s commitment includes the purchase of a baling machine to bundle up the clothing and a fork lift to load the bales onto a truck.
Both Jacober and Powell indicated that the details are still being worked out, including a contract with a Front Range broker to pick up the bales. The clothing ultimately could end up either on the racks at Front Range thrift stores or being sent overseas to impoverished countries or the sites of natural disasters.
But there is a complication, Powell added. Defiance has been selling used articles of all kinds, not just clothing, to a Front Range thrift-store chain known as ARC.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The 5Point jury called United States of Joe’s everything a 5Point film aspires to be, and more. Watch all of the 5Point Adventure Film Festival award winners here.