planet aid

Planet Aid is celebrating Earth Day with a three-day donation drive starting April 20th. Previous drives at the Center have helped divert nearly 20,000 pounds of used clothing and other recyclable material from local landfills. In celebration of this year’s event, Planet Aid’s Rhode Island Donation Center will feature free pizza, music, and a raffle drawing thanks to local sponsors.

Planet Aid will accept used clothes, shoes, books, small appliances, and other household items during its three-day drive. Clothing is among the main items that Planet Aid collects, helping to save 95 million pounds of used clothing per year across its service areas. According to SMART, an industry trade association, 95 percent of textiles can be reused or recycled.

“Planet Aid is a proud environmental steward. This clothing drive will save unwanted, old clothes and other items from ending up in a landfill and help curb greenhouse gas emissions,” said Keith Gregory, Planet Aid Operations Manager in a news release. “Recycling helps conserve precious resources and reduce pollution.”

Planet Aid collects and recycles textiles to protect the environment, reduce waste, and increase the efficient use of vital resources. The proceeds from the clothing drive will go toward funding Planet Aid’s sustainable development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Event Details

  •                 WHO: Planet Aid Donation Center
  •                 WHAT: Earth Day Clothing Drive with raffle prizes, music, and pizza.
  •                 WHEN: April 20-22 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  •                 WHERE: 533 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840

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Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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