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Teen to collect unwanted clothing for the last time

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OREGON, OH (WTOL) -

The end of a recycling era is drawing near.

Since 2008, more than 30,000 pairs of jeans have been donated to EcoErek and have been kept out of landfills. 

Erik Hansen, 16, started this project when he was just 8-years-old. The idea sparked from an article he read in a magazine as a kid.

"I never thought that the project would be as big as it's become and a lot of that is thanks to the people that are in the community and have supported me along the years." said Erek.

Erek's mom, Amy Hansen said the project has been a lot of hard work. 

"This project actually has raised him, it has taught him skills that he'll take in to adulthood," said Amy.

Erek agrees with his mom.

"Organizing, counting, meeting people, shaking people's hands, all that kind of small stuff like will help in the real world," said Erek.

And since Erek is entering his senior year at Clay High School and has college around the corner, he said it's time to time wrap his annual campaign up.

"People are going to come back year after year and be like, why aren't you doing it anymore, we need to donate our stuff, and I think that's a good response knowing that I've made that big of an impact on the community, that people are like seeking out to recycle their stuff now," said Erek.

Anyone interested donating old jeans and shoes can bring them to Future Wave Salon in Oregon Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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