Monday, December 17, 2007

Americans Launch Recycling Program for Canadians

What a good idea.

Managers of the Fashion Outlets mall in the Town of Niagara may have found a solution to the piles of old clothes that Canadian shoppers are tossing aside in their parking lots, dressing rooms and restrooms.

The mall has placed collection bins at each exit where shoppers can deposit “gently used” and unwanted items.

Whatever is collected is given to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier, said mall spokeswoman Julie Clark.

“It’s been a win-win situation for both organizations,” Clark said.

Thanks to the recent parity between the U.S. and Canadian dollars, there has been a surge of Canadians wielding their buying power on this side of the border.

Retailers have long seen the leftovers from shoppers who like to wear their new purchases home to avoid paying a duty when they cross the border.

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