Why Do Charities Use Recycling Companies for Their Clothing Donations?

shutterstock_112152257Often when people donate a few pairs of jeans, there is a utopian vision of the charity happily sorting through fabulous donations and redistributing it to someone less fortunate that may be living around the block. It seems simple: Put clothes in Bin, Empty Bin, Give away collected clothes.

Its actually a far more complicated process. Between by-laws that differ in each jurisdiction, permits, bin sourcing, licences, staffing, collection, insurance, logistics, customer service, brokering…it can get overwhelming. Textile recycling is a specialized, non-transferable skill set. Most charity workers are already burning the candle at both ends running events and programs that uplift the people they are trying to serve. To ask them to manage a never ending list of demands running a full-blown recycling operation is just unfathomable.

When a charity chooses a recycler to outsource that operation to, it lifts a heavy burden. A contracted recycler handles everything from start to finish so that the charity can focus on doing what it’s meant to do: Uplifting the community with the funds they raise through recycling.

After all the costs associated with outsourcing the recycling portion of the operation, charities are still left with a substantial guaranteed budget to use on charitable activities.

Fundraising through used clothing collection offers charities stable funding that avoids the ups and downs of soliciting donations from the general public in a time of austerity, all while reducing landfills! Please visit the web site of our partner charity, Canadian Community Support Foundation, to find out more about the great work they do in our community.

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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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