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DLI raises the bar on hanger recycling
The wire hanger recycling program started by the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute is expecting
its biggest year yet, targeting 35 million hangers saved from landfills this year.
DLI announced its 2014 goal last month in advance of Earth Day on April 22 as 386 DLI
members
 have pledged to keep the equivalent of 1,050 tons of steel from landfills by taking them
back from customers.
The program began in 2012, when drycleaners helped reduce steel hanger waste by 25 million
hangers or 750 tons of steel. In 2013 the number grew to 30 million hangers or 900 tons of steel.
When this year’s tally is added, the grand total for the program is 90 million hangers and 2,700
tons of steel in three years.
Participating cleaners submit to DLI the number of hangers they hope to recyle in the year. DLI
provides in-store materials cleaners can use to raise awareness of the program, which often results
in more hangers coming into their stores.
Participants track the hangers by estimated count and report their recycling numbers to the DLI
for inclusion in the program’s grand total. 
“This program is designed to help the environment, customers, and cleaners,” said DLI CEO
Mary Scalco. “Our first year with this program was remarkably successful and we’ve enjoyed the
enthusiasm from participants. We’d like to see that number continue to grow as awareness of the
program spreads.”
The 2014 pledge that took the campaign to its 35 million goal came from Gary Maloney of Nu-
Yale Glacier Cleaners in Jeffersonville, IN.
“Nu-Yale Glacier Cleaners is excited to be part of a national recycling program,” Maloney said.
“Nu-Yale Glacier Cleaners’ entire culture has been about being environmentally friendly. The
recycling program has been helpful to our clients for many years by making their lives simple and
environmentally friendly.”
Participation in the program is available to all DLI members who receive promotional materials
from the institute including a press release information for local media, Facebook and web site
materials, posters, hanger tage and call office display material and listing on  DLI’s Cleaners Care
web site.
Participating cleaners pledge to reuse hangers whenever possible and recycle unusable hangers
with local steel scrapyards. Participants track the hangers by estimated count and report their
recycling numbers to DLI for inclusion in the program’s grand total. 
“We know that many drycleaners already recycle hangers. It just makes good sense to do so,”
said Jon Meijer, DLI Membership Director. “Now we’re asking cleaners to track the number of
hangers they reuse or recycle and report it as part of this program. By working together and
tracking our results we can monitor the program’s contribution to a greener planet.”
DLI member cleaners can sign up in the Members Only section of DLIonline.org or by contacting
Fran Johnson at DLI, (800) 638-2627.