MARINETTE — St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marinette will receive funds from the Community Wide Fund at the M&M Area Community Foundation to support a fledgling social enterprise project. The project will benefit the community and environment by recycling unusable clothing, textiles and accessories, thereby limiting landfill usage.

The funding request indicates that the U.S. generates an average of 25 billion pounds of clothes, shoes, accessories, and textiles or about 82 pounds per person. Of that, 85 percent or 21 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste ends up in landfills.

Grant funds will help St. Vincent de Paul purchase large capacity reusable cardboard boxes and pallets into which clothing, textiles, shoes and belts are sorted and then transported to locations where they are recycled.

“We are grateful for the opportunities created by this grant. This effort offers a new way of funding programs to assist those in need while providing substantive environmental and community benefits,” said Kalyani Grasso, St. Vincent de Paul Marinette’s executive director.