A group of West Virginia University students will raiseA-WEAR-nessof apparel recycling, reduce landfill waste and help the homeless at the same time.

Professor Tracy Gainer Vashs Textiles, Apparel and Merchandising 230 class will be collecting worn, usable and unusable garments and textile products (clothing, shoes, purses, belts, bed linens, towels, stuffed animals and fabric scraps) during November.

All items in good condition will be distributed to help those in need, while damaged goods will be baled and sent for recycling. Each truckload of recycled materials will generate cash to assist in the care of homeless individuals.

TheA-WEAR-nessproject begins with an information booth from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 31) in the WVU Mountainlair.

Dropoff sites include the lobbies at the Agricultural Sciences Building and Percival Hall, Coliseum (Gold and Blue gates), Student Recreation Center, Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center (outside the cafeteria and at the bookstore), WVU Nursery School, Mylan (cafeteria), Summit, Morgantown High School, The Ridge and View at the Park.

People may also leave donations from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov 7, 14 and 28 at the Mountainlair.

The project is a great way to help those in need while recycling for a better future,said Emilie Wood, a student from Morgantown.It is really something that affects all of us, and were doing our small part to help a much larger recycling effort.

Chelsey Ellard, a student from Charleston, added,It is a great ideaa very innovative way to help those in need. It is also a new take on traditional projects and classroom learning.

Vash said every donation makes a difference.

Giving to those in need and diverting goods from the waste stream has a positive social and environmental impact,she said.

For more information, contact Vash at 304-293-3535 or Tracy.Vash@mail.wvu.edu .

On the Net:http://www.design.wvu.edu/apparel_recycling