Planet Aid’s donation and recycling facility at 7 West Main Road, Newport, Rhode Island experienced one of the highest donation periods in its one-year history.  

“It was awesome to have so many people come out to support us. We received many thousands of pounds prior to and through the Memorial Day Weekend,” said Keith Gregory, Planet Aid’s Operations Manager for the Southern New England area. “It was the most material we had received since our grand opening one-year ago.  We appreciate the greater Middletown community’s support in helping us to divert these unwanted items from the waste stream and ultimately the landfill, and in helping us further our mission.”

The Donation Center has itself been carefully “recycled” by Planet Aid. A former Sunoco gas station, the site was given a new and noble purpose to collect and recycle used textiles while protecting the environment and helping those who need it the most.

In the previous year the donation center helped divert nearly 700,000 pounds of materials from the municipal waste stream, thus helping to extend diminishing landfill capacity.  The recent surge in donations represents a great start toward exceeding the quantity diverted for 2016-17.  

The Donation Center accepts clothing, shoes, and accessories as well as blankets, towels, curtains, sheets, and bedspreads. It provides 24/7 drop-off service for Aquidneck Island as well as the surrounding communities of Bristol, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingston, and Tiverton.  Residential curbside pick-up of textiles is also available by appointment.

About Planet Aid

Planet Aid is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and is registered with USAID as a private voluntary organization. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Planet Aid collects and recycles used clothing and shoes as part of its environmental mission. The net proceeds from its 21-state recycling operation help to support projects aimed at eliminating poverty. Since its inception in 1997, Planet Aid has provided more than $100 million to support projects on three continents. Planet Aid supports programs in education, teacher training, nutrition and agricultural and economic development.ding the quantity diverted for 2016-17.
The Donation Center accepts clothing, shoes, and accessories as well as blankets, towels, curtains, sheets, and bedspreads. It provides 24/7 drop-off service for Aquidneck Island as well as the surrounding communities of Bristol, Jamestown, Narragansett, North Kingston, and Tiverton.  Residential curbside pick-up of textiles is also available by appointment.

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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