Rego Park, Queens, New York
Union City, New Jersey
The experience working with Anita Terrace Apartments in Rego Park, Queens is an example of SL’s serving low to moderate-income tenants living in a high-rise elevator building. For its contract with the building’s Co-OP Board, SL is responsible for servicing and maintaining its textile recycling bin located in and working with building management to help promote textile recycling. Since being launched in 09/2013, recycling has nearly tripled, and tenant participation has grown from raising awareness about textile recycling. Further, though an arrangement with its affiliate Green Tree Recycling, all reusable clothing gets donated to clothes closet at People to People in Rockland County, helping serve individuals and families in need.
A second contract is SL’s agreement with Denholtz Associates to serve the tenants Union Plaza Apartments. Through this contract SL is responsible for servicing and maintaining its textile recycling bin. For a large percentage of the residents of this building English is not their primary language, so the building owner has also enlisted SL to develop and distribute bilingual flyers regarding the benefits of textile recycling. SL also has prior government contracting experience, having been previously selected by Somerset County, New Jersey via an RFP to manage their textile recycling efforts. Through this three-year contract SL was responsible for the textile recycling bins placed in the recycling centers within the county’s transfer stations. Specifically, SL handled the regularly-scheduled removal of all textiles dropped in the bins, maintained the bins to ensure they were well-kept and rodent-free, and worked with the County to increase awareness of textile recycling.
This methodology proved to be far more effective and sanitary than the County’s prior textile recycling efforts, which involved having items dumped in a County warehouse on a once-monthly basis. As such, SL helped the County’s monthly textile recycling volume increase to over 10,000 pounds per month. Further, a larger percentage of the clothes that were in good condition could be reused through donations to Land a Hand Uganda and Ujammanufacturera Orphangs s. age in Tanzania Africa, rather than deteriorating and ultimately being sold for reuse to fibers and rags