Make room in your closet and help others

If your closet and dressers are too full for new stuff, consider recycling some of your old clothes to benefit Special Olympics Indiana! Special Olympics Indiana sells the merchandise to Ohio Mills, a transaction that generates nearly $100,000 in much-needed operating revenue for Special Olympics Indiana regional program scheduled to start in 2014.

You can drop off items in one of the more than 400 collection bins around the state. All Ohio Mills bins are white and have the Special Olympics logo displayed prominently.

Click Here for a Complete List of Ohio Mills Bin Locations

Ohio Mills takes the donated items and sells them in bulk to developing countries for clothing. Items that no longer can be used as clothing are recycled into rags for industrial use.

For more information about the Special Olympics Indiana Clothing Recycling Program, contact Michael Furnish at (317) 328-2000 or

* This program is fully registered and bonded with the Attorney General’s office. You can receive more information by contacting us or the Attorney General’s office

Clothing Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does clothing recycling help the environment?

A: National clothing recycling efforts divert nearly 4 billion pounds each year of used clothing and other textile waste that would have otherwise gone to a landfill. Recycling these textiles has many benefits including carbon footprint reduction, reduced energy consumption and clean air preservation. Recycled clothing means taking care of our environment instead of filling our landfills.

Q: Besides Indiana, what other Special Olympics programs partner with Ohio Mills Corporation?
A: Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Q: Why does Special Olympics work with Ohio Mills Corporation, a for-profit company?
A: Community based charitable organizations all over the country commonly work with for-profit organization to discover new ways to preserve, increase and diversify their revenue so they can keep their doors open, even grow, in a challenging economy. Entering into fair and reasonable relationships with for-profits also levels the playing field by allowing community based charitable organizations such as Special Olympics Indiana to tap into this creative revenue opportunity. Working with Ohio Mills allows Special Olympics Indiana to utilize Ohio Mills’ operating resources and receive a fair and reasonable portion of the net proceeds from Ohio Mills’ sale of second hand textiles. Working with Ohio Mills also allows Special Olympics Indiana to defray overhead expenses or risks that would otherwise limit this revenue opportunity to large national charitable organizations that can afford to conduct their own in-house clothing recycling activities.

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