Laurens Cleaners has been participating in the Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute’s “DLI Cleaners Care Hanger Recycling Program”. This initiative is trying to reduce the amount of hangers going into landfills. On May 24th the DLI released the following:
Hanger Recycling Program Raises Stakes - Program Reached 10 Million in Three Months, Aiming for 25 Million
Drycleaners in 37 states pledged to reduce landfill waste by 10 million hangers, a total of 600,000 pounds of steel April 4. The cleaners are working with the Dry Cleaning & Laundry Institute’s “DLI Cleaners Care Hanger Recycling Program”. The program launched January 2, 2012 and achieved its initial goal in only three months! Several pledges were collected from Canadian drycleaners as well, adding an additional 3,022,000 hangers to the 10 million collected in the U.S. for a North American total of more than 13 million!
Many drycleaners who have been collecting hangers for several years noticed an increase in hanger returns after joining the program. “We are so happy about the response to this program,” said DLI CEO Mary Scalco. “We reached our first three million hanger pledges in the first week. It’s electrifying to be part of something that is this much fun.”
Cleaners are invited to join the program by making their pledge and tracking the number of hangers they are able to recover, reuse or recycle. DLI keeps a grand tally and provides support materials to help spread the word about the program.
Donnie Weil, President of Weil Cleaners in Monroe, Louisiana, offered a pledge of 12,000 hangers that included the 10 millionth hanger. Though Weil Cleaners has been recycling hangers since 1991, Weil signed up for the DLI Cleaners Care program because he wanted to make a difference. “We can change the industry by working together,” Weil said. “We can change the way people see our industry with this program.”
“We’re amazed by the enthusiastic response members are showing for this program,” said David Beatty, owner of Murrysville Cleaners in Western Pennsylvania and Chair of the DLI Cleaners Care Committee. “However, the program is not over now that the first 10 million hanger pledges are in. How far can this go? Ten million in three months is an amazing way to start. The next step is to increase the number from 10 million to 25 million.”
DLI applauds all member cleaners involved hanger recycling. DLI Cleaners Care does not interfere with those programs in any way. All members are invited to join the Hanger Recycling program to make a difference.
Cleaners involved in the hanger recycling program cover 37 states and three Canadian provinces.
Laurens Cleaners has 4 locations in the Northern Suburbs of Chicago. participating in the program. If you want to help save the environment, bring any of your hangers to:
- 2680 Valor Drive | Glenview, IL
- 185 Peterson Rd | Libertyville, IL
- 1036 Willow Rd | Northbrook, IL
- 527 Dundee Rd | Northbrook, IL