Here is a startling statistic: according to Green Progress, more than 8 billion to 10 billion plastic and wire hangers are sold each year, with only 15% ever recycled. That’s enough clothes hangers to fill up FOUR Empire State Buildings from basement to observation deck.
Clothes hangers are difficult to recycle. The plastic ones are made of several types of plastic, so it’s difficult for recycling centers to sort them properly. Recycling centers often ban metal clothes hangers because they turn into a tangled mess.
There are, however, a couple options for disposing hangers responsibly, such as dropping them off at your local Salvation Army or other resale store; or giving them to your nearby dry cleaners.
So my Thrifty Green Thursday tip of the week is to think twice before you throw your extra clothes hangers in the trash. Click here for more tips.