by Lisa Tome
You finally have a good excuse to free yourself from ill fitting bras.
They can help someone in need.
All year long, clean, used bras are accepted at Cecil's Solid Waste facilities at the Central Landfill and the Woodlawn and Stemmers Run Transfer Stations. During October, as part of breast cancer awareness month, the Cecil County Administration Building on Chesapeake Boulevard, is added as a collection site. There are pink recycling bins used for this program.
"We have a bra recycling vendor and that goes hand in hand with breast cancer. The (awareness month) gets people thinking of the movement," said Tanya Adams, Cecil's Recycling Coordinator. "Surgical bras can be recycled. In October, we focus on it. That also emphasizes the importance of being checked (for breast health)."
Bra-Cycling, a reuse and recycling program, has been in effect at the Central Landfill since 2011. The bra collection was expanded to the transfer stations in 2015. "In October we get the most (bras), because the eye is drawn to the pink bin. It's a good program and some of our private schools donate," said Adams. A neighborhood used bra collection was also held in the Highview community in Conowingo.
New and gently used bras, maternity bras, post surgery bras, sports bras in all shapes, sizes, and colors are accepted. Those who donate new bras are asked to leave the tags intact. The vendor, Brarecycling.com sorts the bras into reuse and recycling categories. The reused and new bras go to women and girls all over the U.S.
They benefit those escaping domestic violence, addiction, homelessness, and human trafficking. Some are distributed locally. The medical/ surgical bras and nursing bras help those who may not be able to afford expensive specialty undergarments.
Bras that can't be reused, are recycled into textiles. Some may be used in carpet padding. Under wires are recycled with scrap metal.
"Every woman has some they don't use. Bras are hard to fit and it helps women of all ages," added Adams.