Recycling your unwanted textiles reduces waste, benefits the environment and local community and leaves more room in your black cart.
Recycle your textiles
Textiles, such as clothing, linens, towels and other fabric goods, are a rapidly growing part of our waste stream. In a 2019 waste audit, textiles made up 8.9% of the material in the black carts, or approximately 100 lbs per household per year. Many textiles were thrown away while still in good condition, some still had tags.
Factors such as consumerism, fast fashion, decreasing clothing costs and rapidly changing styles and trends all contribute to increasing amounts of textiles ending up in the landfill. We buy more, wear it less often and then dispose of it before it is worn out.
Reusing a single t-shirt can save up to 2,700 litres of water compared to producing the same shirt from new materials. Reusing textiles is also a step in reducing plastic waste since many synthetic fibres, such as polyester, are formed from plastic.
The local community also benefits from donated textiles as local non-profit thrift stores re-invest the money they receive into the community. These stores provide jobs and also support many community initiatives.
Where to donate?
To encourage more textiles to be donated instead of discarded Strathcona County has partnered with the three local not-for-profit thrift stores. You can read their stories below.
Each store accepts a different range of items for donation, but common acceptable items include:
- All clothing that is clean and in good repair
- Belts, swimwear, hats and other accessories
- Shoes, boots and purses that are in good shape
- Sheets, towels, blankets and tablecloths
- Curtains and drapes in good condition
- Seasonal clothing, such as Christmas or Halloween
- Non-textiles: Housewares, small furniture, jewellery and toys
Check out their individual websites to see what other things they accept, and how the money they receive is being re-invested into the community.
Try second-hand first
Thrift stores are also great places to find deals on high-quality second hand clothes and other household goods. Clothes are often donated because the buyer no longer likes it, or it no longer fits but is still in perfect shape. There are brand name clothes in the latest styles and also classic pieces, all at low prices. Thrift stores are also great places to find unique pieces that you can’t find in stores.
Find pieces you love while knowing your money is making a difference in the community.
Less waste, more style.
Textile drop-off day
Strathcona County is partnering with County Clothes-line, Goodwill Industries, and the Salvation Army to run a textile drop-off day.
May 28, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Residents can visit nine pop-up locations across the County to drop off reusable textiles in good condition and learn more about each of these not-for-profit organizations and how they benefit our community.
Common acceptable items include:
• All clothing that is clean and in good repair
• Belts, swimwear, hats and other accessories
• Shoes, boots and purses that are in good shape
• Sheets, towels, blankets and tablecloths
• Curtains and drapes in good condition
• Seasonal clothing, such as Christmas or Halloween
• Non-textiles: Housewares, small furniture, jewellery and toys
Please only donate items in good reusable condition. Please do not donate electronics, furniture or other bulky or broken items.
List of drop-off locations:
- Brentwood Elementary (Goodwill)
28 Heron Road
- Heritage Hills School (Salvation Army)
280 Heritage Drive
- Archbishop Jordan Catholic High School (Goodwill)
4001 Emerald Drive (Far East parking lot)
- Woodbridge Farms Elementary School (Goodwill)
1127 Parker Drive
- Holy Spirit Catholic School/Lakeland Ridge School (Goodwill)
101 Crimson Drive (Far NW corner of parking lot)
- Kinsmen Leisure Centre (Goodwill)
2001 Oak Street (South end of parking lot)
- Broadview Recycle Station (County Clothes-line)
101 Broadview Road
- Ardrossan Recycle Station (Salvation Army and County Clothes-line)
80 – 3 Ave, Ardrossan
- South Cooking Lake Fire Hall #2 (Salvation Army and County Clothes-line)
22142 South Cooking Lake Road