Special Olympics Athletes Pledge to Sleep Clean and Green by Recycling Sheets at World Games

Special Olympics World Games

The 47th Annual Special Olympics World Games are poised to be one of the most inspiring occurrences in modern history with over 7,000 athletes slated to participate in 25 sporting events from July 3 through August 2. Athletes with intellectual disabilities, their coaches and supporters from around the globe will compete in Los Angeles during the month-long extravaganza for the first time in the United States in sixteen years.

As the City of Los Angeles gears up to host the robust crowds, the athletes themselves have pledged to sleep clean and green during the event. Approximately 20,000 sets of biodegradable bed linens will be picked up from temporary housing facilities by Chino Hills based American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) for recycling. The Laundry-Free Linens® are supplied by event partner Beantown Bedding during their stay in University of Southern California dormitories. By choosing not to launder linens an estimated 133,000 gallons of water, 33,000 kilowatt hours of energy, and 26,000 pounds of carbon emissions will be saved.

"We are extremely proud to host the games in our city," says Fonta Stavropoulos, ATRS Market Team Manager, a longtime Southern California resident. "By choosing recyclable linens, these athletes will help offset the water shortage in Southern Cal and showcase easy ways we can all protect the communities where we live, work and play."

ATRS will schedule and execute several special pick ups from USC dormrooms located in downtown Los Angeles during the duration of the Games. This will ensure the sheet sets are properly recycled and diverted from local Southern California landfill. ATRS operates distinctive orange Clothing & Shoe Recyclers throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and diverts approximately 5.7 million pounds annually from the area landfill.

American Textile Recycling Service (ATRS) is the nation’s fastest growing textile recycler. Its socially responsible business model provides free textile recycling solutions for the public, job stimulation worldwide and much-needed funding for worthy local charities. Easy, convenient ATRS Recyclers are available throughout the Southern California area, Greater Houston, Beaumont, Galveston, Dallas Ft. Worth, San Antonio and Austin Texas, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia and Oklahoma. ATRS is committed to keeping textile waste from local landfills and promoting a greener tomorrow.


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