TRURO – Anyone wishing to donate used clothing and shoes for reusing, repurposing or recycling can do so through a new Eastern Recyclers Association program.
The association is launching its PINK BIN program on Friday, and a bin is located at John Ross & Sons Ltd. on Cummane Street.
Representing more than 90 per cent of all enviro depots in the province, the association’s depots are collecting the used clothing and shoes for reuse rather than sending them to the landfill. Depots across the province already collect cans, bottles and paints, with some also accepting products such as metals, auto batteries and electronics, making clothing a natural fit.
Clothing and shoes donated to the pink bins will find its way to being sorted and reused and repurposed. Perfectly good clothing and shoes can be sold through thrift stores and any unsalable clothing or shoes will be sent to either provincial, national or international markets where they can be repurposed. In addition to clothing and shoes, the public can also drop off linens, draperies, towels and fabric pieces. The only items not acceptable are oily or greasy rags and clothing.
Textiles currently represent 11 per cent of all landfill waste and organizations such as the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, which will benefit from the PINK BIN program, collected 7,000 tons of textiles last year.
For more information or to find out where bins are located, visit easternrecyclers.ca.