Saving the landfill one bag of clothes at a time

Local couple continue to help keep the landfill clear of used clothing with an assist from the paper.

Sean Keeley (left) from Positive Apparel in Nelson and Alfie Paul load a truck in Grand Forks with used clothing bound for Nelson.

Sean Keeley of Positive Apparel in Nelson and Alfie and Marilyn Paul have been busy loading up bins of used clothing which has been collected in Grand Forks. The clothing, which stays out of the landfill, will be processed in Nelson and sent overseas.

Marilyn, who helps collect the clothes in Grand Forks with her husband Alfie, said the business has basically doubled since being mention in a Grand Forks Gazette article in December 2013.

Marilyn said the Grand Forks Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store has reduced their bins from two to one since cutting down on throwing out unsold clothes.

“They used to have two big bins behind the store that they put clothes in they didn’t want that would go into the landfill,” said Marilyn. “Now they just have one and it’s not even full. They were paying $900 a month to the landfill. Now they pay half that.”

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