Our Green Commitment, Renewed for Earth Day 2014
Sir Galloway Cleaners is a proud participant of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI) Hanger Recycling Program. Many consumers have a pile of steel hangers in their homes from the drycleaners. All too often, these hangers can end up in the trash. For Earth Day 2014, 386 professional drycleaners, all members of the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (DLI), pledged to reduce wire hanger waste by 35 million hangers, or 1,050 tons of steel.
The DLI Cleaners Cleaners Care Hanger Recycling Program began in 2012, when drycleaners helped reduce steel hanger waste by 25 million hangers or 750 tons of steel. In 2013 the number grew to 30 million hangers or 900 tons of steel. By recycling hangers drycleaners prevent waste and save money.
“This program is designed to help the environment, customers, and cleaners,” said DLI CEO Mary Scalco. “Our first year with this program was remarkably successful and we have enjoyed the enthusiasm from participants as we progress to loftier goals. We’d like to see that number continue to grow as awareness of the program spreads.”
“We know that many drycleaners already recycle hangers. It just makes good sense to do so,” said Jon Meijer, DLI Membership Director. “Now we’re asking cleaners to track the number of hangers they reuse or recycle and report it as part of this program. By working together and tracking our results we can monitor the program’s contribution to a greener planet.”
Cleaners participating in the program pledge to reuse hangers whenever possible and recycle unusable hangers with local steel scrapyards. The Institute provides in-store materials cleaners can use to raise awareness of the program, which often results in more hangers coming into their stores. Participants track the hangers by estimated count and report their recycling numbers to the Institute for inclusion in the program’s grand total.
More details about the DLI Hanger Recycling Program:
- Participating Cleaners: http://www.dlionline.org/Participating-Dry-Cleaners
- Program Information: http://www.dlionline.org/DLI-Cleaners-Care