Who knew we’d be bragging about local drycleaners?

Two have been working with the Drycleaning and Laundry Institute (DLI) on the DLI Cleaners Care Hanger Recycling Program.

West End Cleaners Inc. (933 W. Highway 40, Vernal) and Sunshine Cleaners (902 S. 900 East, SLC) in our very own city of salt joined the ranks of drycleaners from 37 other states and Canada this January.

Their goal is to decrease the waste of hangers, 10 million hangers to be precise. That totals about 600,000 lbs., 300 tons of steel. The national movement had planned to take the whole year to meet this goal. However, three months in, and they’ve already reached it.

“We are so happy about the response to this program,” said DLI CEO Mary Scalco. “We reached our first three million hanger pledges in the first week. It’s electrifying to be part of something that is this much fun.”

Dee Taylor owns Continental Cleaners and Sunshine Cleaners. Through his two stores, Dee Taylor was able to save 8,000 hangers. “We do what we can,” said Taylor.

Sunshine Cleaners is a family business, so Taylor’s daughter, Hilary is also involved with program. “I’m always there, so I get to know the customers,” she said. Both father and daughter said they didn’t do anything too special to promote the recycling program. “We worked through word of mouth,” said Dee Taylor.

Hilary Taylor continued, “We have a basket up front, and people know where the basket’s at.”

The Taylors estimate they’re able to reuse 95 percent of the hangers customers return. This program isn’t just helping the environment, it’s helping the businesses involved. “It really is an operating cost for us,” said Dee Taylor.

Even though the program’s met its goal, the movement will continue, and the folks at Sunshine Cleaning are excited to see how much they’ve saved by the end of the year.