North America’s largest sustainability operator, CheckSammy, is introducing their recycling platform, “Drop”. Drop simplifies textile waste by allowing clothing retailers, manufacturers and even multifamily apartment communities to deploy Drop Bags or Bins and schedule one-time or recurring pick-ups. CheckSammy will then consolidate and redirect collected material to a more sustainable and measurable outcome.
Bulk and textile waste is not serviced by everyday waste service providers and states are now establishing regulations on where these materials can go. Over 17 million tons of textiles go to our landfills every year but nearly 95% of all textiles are reusable or recyclable. The clothing and textile industry is the second largest polluter in the world and growing concerns have inspired states and municipalities to introduce new legislation to mitigate waste.
“We’ve spent the past four years supporting retailers and other industries across North America through the growing issue of textile recycling to help alleviate illegal dumping and save our landfills. However, we continue to hear large retailers today ask what, if any, solutions exist when they’re juggling extra inventory they cannot sell or throw away,” said Sam Scoten, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of CheckSammy. “The most important thing to know is that there are options. From recycling mannequins to debranding clothing, or converting denim into teddy bears for a nonprofit organization, we are constantly finding new ways to recycle and reuse commonly-discarded materials and provide reporting to support ESG improvements.”
“We’ve already done the work to navigate the complexity and find responsible solutions for retailers and other textile-heavy industries like hospitality and healthcare,” said Paul Botelho, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at CheckSammy. “Our inspiration for launching CheckSammy Drop is to be the easy click or call when the solution doesn’t seem clear. Many organizations promote the steps they take to offer recycled shopping bags or sustainable stock goods. However, there’s still a significant opportunity to showcase to employees and customers the specific ways textiles and other goods are being diverted from landfill.”