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Recycling gets new wrinkle at township center

April 26, 2005|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, PA. - The Washington Township recycling center takes them all - cans, glass and plastic bottles, newspapers, cardboard, yard waste and leaves, car batteries, refrigerators and appliances, scrap metal and clothes.

Clothes?

That's right. Residents now may drop off used clothing at the recycling center at 12721 Buchanan Trail East. There's a 48-foot trailer to haul off all they drop in a new recycling program that started last week.

The only requirement is that the clothing be put into plastic garbage bags, said Michael Christopher, Washington Township manager.

"We'll take the clothes that places like Goodwill and Waynesboro Human Services won't take or can't take because they're too worn out," he said. "If it's marginal, we'll take it."

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The list of what the township will take includes all clothing, shoes, belts, purses, blankets, bedding, curtains, all kinds of material, pillows, stuffed animals, unbroken dishes and glasses, flatware or sportswear, he said.

There is no charge to drop it off.

The township got into clothing recycling because of Dean C. Marchese, president of FutureGroup Inc., a New Market, Md., consulting firm. The company has about 20 employees, he said, and is growing.

Its clients include large and small companies, he said.

Marchese started the clothing recycling program two years ago and now has trailers at five recycling centers in Maryland and Pennsylvania, he said.

"I'm trying to keep clothing from being thrown away," Marchese said.

He works with nonprofit groups, churches and ministries to bring needed clothing to the poor in Appalachia and the Ozarks.

"They are our main areas. There's a big need there," he said.

Marchese's program also ships clothing overseas to tsunami victims or wherever it is needed because people have been impoverished by war and natural disasters.

He said it takes two to three weeks for one of his trailers to be filled.

Marchese said he has spent "several hundred thousands of dollars" collecting and distributing clothing over the last two years.

"It isn't cheap. I do it because I'm trying to give something back," he said.

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