Big Brothers Big Sisters blames for-profit recycling for drop in clothes donations


KILLED 85 PEOPLE AND DESTROYED ALMOST 19-THOUSAND BUILDINGS. (SN) TIME NOW FOR EYEWITNESS NEWS CALL 12 FOR ACTION… SEVERAL RHODE ISLAND COMMUNTIES ARE PARTNERING WITH A FOR-PROFIT CLOTHING RECYCLING COMPANY THAT DOES CURBSIDE PICKUPS. (MM) BUT AS EYEWITNESS NEWS — CONSUMER REPORTER SUSAN CAMPBELL FOUND OUT… A LOCAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SAYS THAT COMPANY—- MAY BE COSTING THEM DONATIONS. SUSAN? (SC) THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND TELLS ME THEY’VE BEEN DOING CURBSIDE CLOTHING PICKUPS FOR TWO DECADES.. BUT SHE SAYS… RECENTLY – HER ORGANIZATION HAS SEEN A DROP IN DONATIONS. AND SHE SAYS SHE’S CONCERNED. ON THE SAME DAY AS TRASH DAY… COVENTRY HAS CURBSIDE CLOTHING RECYCLING…. it’s going great. COVENTRY IS ONE OF FOUR COMMUNITIES IN RHODE ISLAND TO PARNER WITH SIMPLE RECYCLING.. A FOR-PROFIT COMPANY THAT WILL PICK UP UNWANTED THINGS LIKE CLOTHES, SHOES, AND TOWELS. we recognize that people have options in business KATJE AFONSECA IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF RHODE ISLAND. THE ORGANIZATION DEPENDS ON THE MONEY IT MAKES FROM CLOTHING DONATIONS… AND SHE SAYS FOR-PROFIT TEXTILE RECYCLERS ARE THREATENING BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS BOTTOM LINE. What we’ve noticed is a decline in some of our donations throughout the cities that are providing these services. BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS SHOWED US THE NUMBERS. COMPARED TO THE SAME TIME LAST YEAR… CLOTH DONATIONS TO THE ORGANIZATION DROPPED IN THREE OF THE FOUR COMMUNITIES WHERE SIMPLE RECYCLING OPERATES. THE TOTAL LOSS – ALMOST 85-HUNDRED POUNDS WORTH OF CLOTHING. it’s a slow and steady decline, so we’re not thinking that we need to change anything significant about the programming we provide to children in the state but we’re keeping our eye on it. COVENTRY’S MELLISA SOARES SAYS – IT’S NOT A COMPETITION. we can not stress enough, if you normally would donate to bbbs, please continue to do that. we’re just trying to capture what would have gone in the trash. EVERY YEAR… THE AVERAGE PERSON THROWS AWAY 68 POUNDS OF CLOTHING PER YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE EPA, ONLY ABOUT 15% OF TEXTILES ARE RECYCLED. (SC) WE ALSO ASKED FOR DATA FROM COVENTRY. IN FIVE MONTHS… SIMPLE RECYCLING HAS PICKED UP MORE THAN 62-THOUSAND POUNDS OF TEXTILES IN THE TOWN WHICH HAS SAVED THE TOWN ABOUT 2-THOUSAND DOLLARS IN SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL COSTS. (SC) IF YOU HAVE A CONSUMER PROBLEM YOU NEED HELP SOLVING – CONTACT OUR CALL 12 FOR ACTION CENTER MONDAY THRU THURSDAY FROM 11 UNTIL 1 – OUR HOTLINE IS 228-1850. OR IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CALL 12 FOR ACTION VOLUNTEER… YOU CAN CALL THAT SAME NUMBER ON

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  1. BB/BS should have not thrown down with SAVERS – the for-profit "charity". Perhaps BB/BS should have managed their own donation retail shops instead of settling for less than 2% of some stuff. Want to know where your donations have gone, BB/BS? look to Savers. Howz about you hit em up for your FAIR share? GOODWILL is another drainer of your donations- and it is a joke, a bunch of executive position makers while they run bogus job-training and give poverty wages to the people selling stuff they got for free. ALL of these resellers are not as charitable as we would like to think nowadays. But in the age of TRUMP, why should that surprise anyone. HECK. I hear the great soldiers of the Salvation Army are also living large off the donations of others, but not so much the people they hire.

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