March 23, 2022
Residents took up the challenge of collecting a record amount of clothing during Recyclothes this Saturday, March 19. For the first time, the clothing drive organized by Keep Albuquerque Beautiful, a program of the city’s solid waste management department, and locker #505, filled an entire yellow bin and half of a second. The total amount of clothing, accessories and toiletries collected during the five-hour event weighed 16,640 pounds or 8.3 tons. Last year’s event collected 10,220 pounds or just over 5 tons.
“We are grateful and overwhelmed by the community support for this event every year,” said SWMD Director Matthew Whelan. “Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their Saturday to stop and drop off bags or even just a bag of clothes. All of this is going to help make a big difference in the lives of local children. Albuquerque.
Locker #505 has served more than 10,000 students in the Albuquerque area since it opened in 2014. The nonprofit organization sees nearly 100 students each week, providing them with the clothes they need so they can focus on learning.
“These garments will allow us to continue to help the growing number of students we serve every day,” said Locker #505 Executive Director Kim Kerschen. “Cabinet #505 is so excited about the record donations collected from the Recyclothes!”
If you missed the event and still want to donate to Locker #505, visit locker505.org for their current lists of needs and locations accepting donations.