Mainetti - The Pioneer in Hanger Recycling

August 21, 2018

Reduce Reuse and Recycle:



Why it’s important to be the change!

To help the earth become greener it’s important to act on and be the change. Recycling is very important to save the environment from harmful chemicals, greenhouse gases, and landfill waste. In fact, around 66 percent of energy can be saved by producing plastic products from recycled plastics instead of virgin materials. You can be the difference in following proper guidelines to protect the environment from any harmful waste.

To bring awareness to the importance of the 3Rs Mainetti pioneered the hanger reuse program to be the change.


More about Mainetti’s reuse and recycle programs

In today’s environmentally aware world retailers, garment producers and hanger manufacturers are all seeking to better use the resources available to them. Mainetti pioneered hanger recycling on behalf of its customers in the late 1960's and has managed reuse programs for many of its customers from the mid 1980's.

Today, we operate extensive reuse programs in Europe and the United States of America and redistribute hangers for reintroduction into the supply chain through our global network of companies. Mainetti's customized resorting/reuse facilities provide a highly efficient service to customers – from collection, through inspection and sorting, to reintroduction within the supply chain.

Reuse and Recycling are expanding activities within the Mainetti Group which are underpinned by continuous investment, our commitment to this important part of the hanger supply market. Equipment that is unique to Mainetti and the processes we use in the recycling activity ensures that all of the waste streams are managed in the most environmentally responsible manner and that none of the waste material generated goes to land fill.

Whenever possible we reclaim hangers for reuse. Any hanger that cannot be reused is granulated and the reclaimed material is used for producing new hangers.

Mainetti's reuse and recycling processes are developed as partnerships with our customers. We actively encourage our customers and provide the necessary support and advice, securing the highest possible number of recyclable hangers that are returned to the recycling center. Through our well established reliable distribution system, Mainetti will ensure that garment manufacturers receive reusable hangers, together with new hangers when placing their regular hanger order ensuring the best possible value and utilization of resources.

Contact your local Mainetti office to see how we can help you help the environment.



How it’s done? Closed Loop Reuse Process

  • Mainetti collects hangers from retail stores
  • Hangers are picked manually and placed on a transport system
  • Hangers are inspected according to agreed standards
  • Non-qualified hangers are removed and plastic is ground to make new hangers
  • Qualified hangers are repacked according to size and style
  • Hangers are reintroduced into the supply chain


The pros of recycling

  • Recycling minimizes pollution
  • Protects the environment
  • Minimizes global warming
  • Conserves natural resources
  • Cuts down amount of waste in landfill sites


Bring awareness

Mainetti wants our customers to value our environment and make it a better place not only for us but for others as well. Many aren't familiar with the effects that it has caused our environment and the long damage that it can cause. Waste has a huge negative impact on the natural environment. Harmful chemicals are released to landfill sites and which can cause global warming and more pollution to our environment.


If there's no changer here’s what can happen

  • More climate change
  • Deforestation
  • Loss of Biodiversity
  • Explosive population growth



  • Recycling a single run of the Sunday New York would save 75,000 trees
  • Each year, we use 1 billion plastic shopping bags, creating 300,000 tons of landfill waste.
  • The U.S. recycles approx. 32% of its total waste. Let's pick it up!


How you can help

  • When purchasing garments put the hangers in the collection bins, if you do not need them, instead of throwing them away at home
  • Ask your favorite retailers if they recycle their hangers
  • Purchase recycled hangers instead of new hangers. Reused hangers are available in a variety of sizes and styles.