Becoming a Leader in the Textile Recycling Industry

shutterstock_136777547There are many questions when it comes to textile waste. Some of the things we are asked often include, “How are my clothing donations used and what is done to donations that are unusable?” and, “How are the textiles I donate being recycled?”

While textile waste is not yet included in the legislation, TWD is encouraged by proposed changes in Ontario’s Waste Diversion Act. We are setting in motion some exciting new initiatives that will help us to become an industry leader in textile waste management.

TWD has recently made a commitment to provide a platform for reputable textile waste collectors and the charities they service to come together and agree to fair competition practices and community minded operation standards.

We are also setting a standard for meticulous collection practices with a commitment from our competition to do the same. Ontario has a 25% textile waste diversion rate, and that means there is plenty of work to go around. The better the service commitments we all offer and adhere to, the more property owners like you will be inclined to choose to work with us.

We are putting in place a textile waste auditing system that tracks donations. The system will track usable and unusable textiles, and implement processes to deal with both in an efficient and environmentally conscious way. We will share this process with our industry partners, allowing other collectors to use the same process – so you can feel good about how donations are being used, no matter which certified collector you choose.

We are implementing value added uses for waste textiles that prevent sending any textiles to landfill.

Finally, we have some advice for property owners who may be considering putting a clothing donation bin on their property: Only offer permission to place donation bin to a reputable organization that offers meticulous service. If you find a bin on your property from any collection company or organization that does not have permission to be there, contact TWD at 1-888-980-8756 and we will be happy to remove the bin at no cost to you.

By allowing a reputable company to place a used clothing donation bin on your property, you are helping increase Ontario’s waste diversion rate, reduce landfills, protect groundwater and air all while creating good jobs. Used clothing donations are an important community building block, and on behalf of responsible collectors and charities everywhere, we thank you for your generous ongoing support.


Use Our Bins!

Use a clothing donation bin to recycle your clean, dry, odourless clothing and textiles!

Make Textile Recycling Work For You

If you are fundraising for your school, church, workplace, sports club or organizations such as Girl Guides, or Scouts, we can help arrange a textile collection to help you to raise money for your cause.

Downsize Your Wardrobe!

1 in 4 North American women own 7 pairs of jeans, but only wear 4 of them. Something to think about before your next clothing purchase.

Fix Your Own Clothes

Learn to sew! You don’t have to say goodbye to a favourite shirt just because of a little rip.

Donate! Even if it's Unwearable

Nothing goes to waste in the textile recycling industry. What cannot be reused is shredded, sanitized, and recycled into rags and upholstery.

Look for Quality

Shop at stores that use sustainable materials, organic cotton, and practice fair trade!

Think Long-Term

Buy classic clothes made to last and avoid purchasing too many pieces that follow trends and are low quality.  

Swap Don't Shop!

Swap with a friend! Organize your own clothing swap, or attend an organized one.
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