DEP urges residents to recycle household items and clothing

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), along with guests, reminded Pennsylvania residents today that recycling unwanted and lightly used items commonly found in households, such as furniture and clothing, is an effective strategy to reduce pollution. The site for today’s press conference was in Midtown Harrisburg at NEON Vintage & Thrifts (located inside the Urban Snob building at 1006 N. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102).

“Pennsylvanians have an opportunity to reduce the pollution around them, and they can start by looking in their closets and around their homes,” said DEP Acting Secretary Ramez Ziadeh.

The DEP estimates that around 10% of the municipal waste stream, or around 500,000 tonnes, is made up of textiles, furniture and other household items.

“The potential for reclaiming much of this waste for recycling/reuse is great,” said Lawrence Holley, DEP director of the Waste Minimization and Planning Division.

The Circular Merchant web platform ( and mobile app developed by the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center is a resource for Pennsylvanians looking for guidance and information on how to properly recycle their items household. Circular Merchant is an online exchange platform where interested citizens, businesses, or government officials can post recycled items and materials for others who may be interested in acquiring those items. Circular Merchant is equipped with smart device features such as photos can be immediately downloaded; built-in mapping is available to locate desired pickup or drop-off locations; and emails are automatically sent notifying interested parties of publications. The mobile application is available in mobile application stores. In an effort to find real-time solutions for recycled materials and items, the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (PRMC), with funding from DEP, launched the Circular Merchant platform.

“We are now in a position to benefit from using Circular Merchant, especially at a time when our economy favors the reuse and recycling of goods and materials,” said PRMC President and CEO Robert Bylone, Jr.

The DEP urges Pennsylvanians to be aware of the different ways they can reduce, reuse and recycle household items and clothing. One consideration might be to shop at used retailers. Second-hand merchants sell second-hand items.

In Harrisburg, second-hand retailers NEON Vintage & Thrifts, Stash Vintage, and The Midtown Dandy offer the following tips for Pennsylvanians who want to support second-hand retail.

“My favorite thing about being a second-hand curator is showing people all the thrift stores you can find,” said Alana Cornish, owner of NEON Vintage & Thrifts. aisle after aisle of goods, but if you go with a plan it can reduce a lot of the anxiety.

“A good place to start when shopping for second-hand clothes is, to start with, the basics – having basics in your wardrobe maximizes flexibility when putting together an outfit. such as jeans, blue or black slacks, and white button-up shirts may be of higher quality depending on the date and period of the garment.As a general rule, the older the date, i.e. “vintage”, the higher the quality than in big box stores selling fast fashion. A good motto to remember is: “if it comes from the past, it will last”, which reduces the number of clothes that go to the landfill,” Cornish said.

“When shopping for used items, focus on the type of retailer best equipped to help you,” said Anela Bence, owner of Stash Vintage. “If you’re looking for something vintage (25 years or older), or from a specific decade with a distinct style, visit a local vintage shop or a collaboration. You will save a lot of time by going directly to a seller specializing in vintage. If you’re looking for newer or modern pieces and have the time to do so, check out local thrift or consignment stores. Apps, an online marketplace specializing in used items, or popular sites like eBay are the way to go when looking for something very specific or items made by a particular designer. They can also be great for online window shopping. »

“Second-hand/vintage shopping is a very eco-friendly way to make an impact with your money. First, it helps keep discarded clothes from ending up in landfills,” said Andrew Kintzi, owner of The Midtown Dandy. “By buying used, you keep those clothes in the cycle.”

“Mending/repairing is another way to keep your clothes last longer. Adding a patch or mending a torn seam or hole adds a “battle scar” to your piece, taking memories with it. One thing to keep in mind about donating – if you donate damaged or stained clothes, charities will likely dispose of them. If you can mend/repair clothes, they have a better chance of lasting longer. Tailors/seamstresses are a very inexpensive way to keep your clothes looking great and durable for longer and can also be used as a way to keep your clothes longer if you lose any! Kinzi said.

“Vintage clothing is generally better constructed and tends to last longer. A piece that has been around since, say, the 1970s has obviously stood the test of time and will last for years to come, whereas a modern piece and in fast fashion can last for a few wears before it starts to fall apart, resulting in its rapid elimination,” Kintzi said.

The Midtown Dandy and Stash Vintage are both located at 11 S. Third Street, Harrisburg, PA, 17101.

Neon Vintage & Thrifts is located inside the Urban Snob building. Urban Snob, a fashion boutique, is owned by fashion maven Dimitra Diggs.

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