What do people do with tea towels? Pomme and I do 3 washes a week. This is insane.
I never use them when I'm in the kitchen. We let things drain and dry so there is no drying up. They should not be used to mop up spills on the floor. Maybe you can use one to keep a chopping board still, but I don't find that a problem with the boards we have (though I do it at home).
When we get the new fridge and counter, a hand towel holder could be fixed to it, so that one towel gets used for drying hands each day.
Please, KMs, tell the volunteers that tea towels are unnecessary, and tell the NMs and ask them to tell their volunteers.
Also, we bought a nice laundry bin so that it was obvious that it was for dirty laundry. This is being used for something else now and dirty towels are going in a normal bin to marinade. Using a normal bin encourages people to put other crap in there too.