STEUBENVILLE - Two Brothers Dry Cleaners has joined an industry effort to reduce the number of clothes hangers that end up in landfills this year.
The Drycleaning & Laundry Institute's DLI Cleaners Care - Hanger Recycling program began here in the United States, but has now expanded abroad.
Two Brothers had recycled a half million hangers a year on its own, before the program was launched, but by joining with associated cleaning businesses across the nation the company was able to contribute to a greater goal.
"We're proud to be part of a program that keeps hangers out of landfills and helps reduce our industry's carbon footprint," said Tony Corella, owner of Two Brothers Dry Cleaners. "We want our customers to know that we care about the environment and the future as much as we care about cleaning their garments."
The national effort is aimed to send 10 million fewer hangers to landfills in 2012, and hopes to see that number grow beyond that, officials said.
"This program is designed to help the environment, customers and cleaners," said DLI Chief Executive Officer Mary Scalco.
"2012 is our first year with this program and we're shooting for 10 million fewer hangers in landfills. We want to see that number grow as awareness of the program spreads."
Participating drycleaners pledge to reuse hangers whenever possible and recycle unusable hangers with local steel scrap yards. Participants will be asked to track the hangers by estimated count and the scrap by weight. Cleaners will report recycling numbers to the Institute for inclusion in the program.
For information on the program, consumers and drycleaners should contact the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute at (800) 638-2627.