University Housing promotes sustainability


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Don't Fall For the Hype

Recycling is great. But the press release says that “University Housing residents donated 3,429 pounds of textiles to the USAgain program.” So how does one “donate” to a for-profit company like USAgain?

USAgain and its ilk are causing wearable clothing donations to dwindle at local charities across the U.S. This raises the concern that there aren’t enough of these better quality items to support all the groups collecting them, despite USAgain’s assurances to the contrary.

As if that weren’t bad enough, reports going back a decade suggest that USAgain, to quote one TV news investigation, “... routinely pretended to be a charity so business owners wouldn't ask for rent on the bin space.”

Worse, Danish prosecutors link USAgain to an alleged cult called the Tvind Teachers Group. Five leaders of the group are Interpol fugitives wanted in their native Denmark in connection with a multimillion-dollar tax-fraud and embezzlement scheme.

Sound like a group you'd care to support? You are by giving your stuff to USAgain, if Danish authorities are correct. Support legit, local charities instead. Thanks for the chance to express my opinion.

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[When the above report aired in 2009, USAgain’s bins were red & white, not the current green & white look. Click ‘Show more’ under video for more on USAgain controversies]

Wade 217 days ago

Textile Donations

While I applaud the student's efforts to donate, would you please donate to a local non-profit so the textiles get in the hands of local needy people vs a for profit company like USAgain making money on your efforts? Any company could provide you the Certificate of Sustainability. If help is needed, I would be happy to help.

Bev Timmins 238 days ago