“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or, do without.” This is an old saying from the depression years and especially during World War II between the years of 1941 to 1945. When jobs were scarce and money tight, people learned how to make do with what they had or to do without.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw 85 percent of unwanted clothing and shoes into the trash every year. That amounts to more than 11 million tons of trash in a landfill. If those clothing items were donated to goodwill stores and nonprofit agencies, many needy families would not have to do without clothing and shoes. And, our environment and landfills would be better off.
Enumclaw Self Storage in Enumclaw, Washington, has recently joined with Northwest Center, a nonprofit organization, and will serve as a drop-off site for recycling clothing. Self storage customers and community residents can donate gently used clothing, shoes, linens, towels, and other household textiles at Enumclaw Self Storage. Donations are tax deductible and tax receipts are available to those who make donations.
Recycling these items will benefit local families by providing them with lower cost clothing options – and ultimately help reduce landfill waste. The monies from the sale of these items will go to Northwest Center.
Northwest Center supports local children and adults with developmental disabilities. Since 1965, Northwest Center has supplied a wide range of services to the disabled. They provide early intervention, education, and childcare. They have before and after school care, teen programs, and summer camps.
For disabled adults, Northwest Center assists in job training, placement, and on-site support. Their goal is to place disabled people in jobs that match their interests and skills and then provides them with trained support along each step in their career path. They do a pre-assessment of skills and interests and use that information as a basis to train and place people in a job that they have the capacity to perform.
Northwest Center helps disabled young people as they transition from high school and enter the work force. This assistance helps the young people gain confidence in their abilities and in knowing that they can be successfully independent.
Northwest Center has started a campaign called “The Big Blue Bin is Better.” This is to help residents easily identify Northwest Center (which is a 100% non-profit organization) from other for-profit clothing bins in the area.
Self storage customers and local residents can drop off items at Enumclaw Self Storage located at 810 Blake St. in Enumclaw during regular business hours.
“Drop-off bin available for used textiles bnefits those with disabilities.” The Courier Herald; 28 June 2013.