Frequently Asked Questions

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> World Wear Project – What kind of company is it?

World Wear Project is a professional clothing collection company based in Dallas, Texas. Our number one mission is to work well with others, and that means we want our partners, property managers, and the community to know that good customer service is our mantra. We are a good company with a good mission to help those with whom we partner raise much needed funds, those in the community by providing easy access to recycling, property owners by keeping our bins in good condition and clear of any dumping, and we help our local environment. Though it often goes unacknowledged, our efforts to keep millions of pounds of textiles from our landfills every year help our cities and counties by lowering their landfill space needs.

We obtain permission from property managers and other partners to place a bin on or within their property.  Our bins are attractive and publicize the organizations with which we work.

We collect many and varied items.

Items We Accept

Items We Do Not Accept

Clothing

Furniture of any kind

Shoes

Knives

Belts

Kitchen appliances

Purses

Appliances with cords

Wallets

Items made of glass

Hats

 

Caps

 

Backpacks

 

Hard Toys

 

Stuffed Animals

 

Pots and Pans

 

Of Special Note: Please do not leave items on the ground outside the bins. We want to maintain the integrity of the property of those who are partnered with us or are gracious enough to host a bin for a charitable organization.

 

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> Why should I recycle used clothing and household textiles?

You can reduce the amount of textile products going into landfills. Clothing and household textiles currently make up 5.2% of the waste stream. The used clothing industry provides lower income people around the world with affordable clothing. Clothing that is damaged is recycled into wiping rags, paper, yarn, insulation and padding for carpets.

• Reduces the need to create more landfill space

• Reduces pollution created by incinerators. 

• Provides low cost clothing to low income households all over the world.

 

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> I’ve heard my donated clothing is actually sold instead of being given to poor people. Isn’t this deceptive and unethical?

Recycling is not unethical. If you dropped off your clothing and other items at one of our bin locations, the charity indicated on the bin will receive payment from World Wear Project for the items collected. This helps them fund their projects and programs which help others in the community.

 

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> Won’t World Wear Project Be Competing with Charities that Collect Clothing?

Because consumers in the U.S. donate much more clothing than the charitable organizations can possibly sell in their retail shops, they in turn dispose of their massive overstock at bulk prices to professional textile recyclers. Members of the textile recycling industry such as World Wear Project are currently working to double the amount of post-consumer material that is being recovered by making it easy and convenient for the giving public to recycle their gently used shoes and clothing. An attractive clothing bin located near where you work and live helps you be a part of the solution.

 

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> Are all the used clothing and textiles recyclable?

Almost half, 48%, of the post-consumer textile waste that is recovered is recycled as secondhand clothing, which is typically sold to developing nations. It is through our industry’s efforts that the worlds poorest are clothed. Behind food and medicine, clothing is probably the most important item for a family in need. Approximately 20% of the material processed becomes wiping and polishing cloths.  Finally, 26% of this post-consumer waste is converted into fiber to be used in products similar in nature to those manufactured from pre-consumer textile waste.

 

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> Why should we host a World Wear Project bin on our property?

Most members of our community, no matter how well intentioned, don’t want to drive more than 10 minutes out of their way to donate their shoes and clothing. By providing a location for a shoes and clothing bin on your property you are making recycling available to the members of your community and making their good deed your good deed. Recycling in all its forms is good for the local community, the cities, counties and our states. Your shoppers and visitors will appreciate the ease of access to another way for them to be green.

 

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> What is the maintenance schedule for the shoes and clothing collection containers?

We have routes that are run every week by professional and courteous truck drivers. Our goal is to visit each one of our bins every four days. Our drivers will check on and take pictures of each bin to document any damage or vandalism. They will also be equipped to remove any graffiti that might be left on the bin.  Our bins also have a specially designed chute that will prevent theft.

World Wear Project prides itself on great looking, sturdy clothing collection bins. We also pride ourselves on our customer service.  We vow to take great care of our bins, and to keep up their appearance in the case of accidents or damage. Our reputation as well as the reputation of the charity with which we’ve partnered is on the line. Our aim is to maintain the integrity of both. We are fully insured and can provide you with a certificate of insurance. Likewise, we are devoted to keeping the bit of property you have allowed to host a bin clean and free of possible bin overflow. Should you have any issues with items dropped at or outside the bin, we will respond the same day. We’re just one phone call away. To report a problem with one of our bins, call 1-855-580-WEAR (9327).

 

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> Will you remove the bin if requested?

Please contact us should you desire the bin be removed. We will remove it promptly.

 

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> Do you provide tax receipts?

 

World Wear Project is not a non-profit and therefore cannot provide tax receipts. Please refer to IRS Form 8283 for information on noncash charitable contributions.