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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