Used Clothing and Textiles

Clothing and Textiles

 

Old or unwanted clothing or  textiles you no longer want or need do not have to be thrown in the garbage for disposal. Consider giving away unwanted clothing or textiles to friends, family or neighbours who may be able to use and enjoy them. You can also consider donating these items to a local charity of your choice or Goodwill. Consider REUSE options for your clothing and textiles before placing them in the garbage.

 

Association for Textile Recycling

AFTeR is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of textiles recycling in Nova Scotia. The six member organizations are experts at recovering unwanted textiles for resale and recycling.

 

Members of the Association for Textile Recycling include:

- Big Brothers Big Sisters
- Canadian Diabetes Association Clothesline®
- Canadian Red Cross / LML Trading
- Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (Atlantic) / Enviro-Depots – Eastern Recyclers Association (ERA)
- Salvation Army Thrift Store
- Value Village

 

Used Clothing and Textile that can be donated

All clothing (including foot wear) and other fabric items can be donated, as long as they are dry. Textiles that contain rips, tear, holes, missing buttons or missing snaps are all acceptable items that can be donated. Even out of style or outdated clothing can be donated. Clothing that contains holes or tears, are stained or dirty or just plain ugly are wanted and accepted in this program. The program will decide if it can be used again or not. You can even donate single socks, shoes, sandals, mitts, or gloves.

 

CLOTHING FOOTWEAR ACCESSORIES OTHER TEXTILES
Shirts Boots Scarves Drapery
Blouses Shoes Hats Curtains
Jeans Sneakers Mittens Blankets
Sweaters Skates Gloves Linen (linen table cloths, Napkins)
Jerseys Sandles Purses Sheets
Jackets Cleats Jewellery Pillow cases
Pyjamas   Costumes Comforters
T-Shirts   Belts Towels
Socks     Face cloths
Underwear      
Work Clothes      
Gowns      
Dresses      
Coats      
Shorts      
Shirts      
Tights      

 

What you should NOT Donate

Clothing and textiles soiled with GREASE, OIL or OTHER HAZARDOUS MATERIALS should be disposed of in the garbage.  Please do not donate clothing or textiles that may be stained with those materials.

 

Donation Bin Locations

Donation bins are located at a variety of grocery and retail stores, malls, gas stations, pharmacies, Enviro-Depots and other businesses across Nova Scotia. To find a Donation Bin location closest to your area visit www.afterwear.ca  Some locations may have restrictions on items accepted. Please check with your local listing. 

 

Why donate Used Clothing and Textiles?

  • Supports Charity Social Programs
  • Provides quality used clothin and other trextiles at affortable prices
  • Reduces the amount of waste that goes to regional landfill sites
  • Promotes Reuse

 

Please remember to think Reuse first, before placing unwanted or used clothing and textiles in the Garbage.  DONATE all your unwanted items. 

 

Some Interesting Statistics

  • Approximately 11% of waste being sent to landfill for disposal represents used clothing and textile waste.
  • In 2015, Charitable organizations collected approximately 7,000 tonnes of used clothing and textiles however, there was still approximatley 30,000 tonnes of textiles across Nova Scotia still getting disposed of in landfills.
  • Nova Scotians generate 37,000 tonnes of used clothing and textiles every year.

 

Other Waste Management Questions?

Residents who have questions about Waste Management in CBRM are encouraged to contact the Waste Management Hotline at (902) 567-1337 or visit www.cbrm.ns.ca/solidwaste .  Educators are available to respond to inquiries from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All clothing (including foot wear) and other fabric items can be donated, as long as they are dry.  Textiles that contain rips, tear, holes, missing buttons, and missing snaps are all acceptable items that can be disposed of.  Even clothing that is out of style or outdated can be donated. Clothing that contain holes or tears, are stained or dirty or just plain ugly are wanted and accepted in this program.  The program will decide if it can be used again or not.  You can even donate single socks, shoes, sandals, mitts, gloves