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Can a recycling program in Mississauga and Brampton keep textiles out of Peel landfills?

Apparently, such a recycling program could work. A proposed region-wide program in Brampton and Mississauga will see thousands of tonnes of used textiles recycled or donated to local charities rather than to Peel’s landfills.

If approved by Peel Regional Council, the program would collect used textiles — such as clothing, towels, and linens from homes and regional buildings by November, with the aid of a registered-charity partner.

Based on Peel’s textile collection pilot projects, Public Works estimates more than 1,400 tonnes of materials could be collected for reuse through the new program annually.

Materials would be collected curbside at homes and apartments on designated days, and at donation bins.

Between 2017 and 2019, the region worked with The Kidney Foundation, Talize and Diabetes Canada to collect 22 tonnes of used textiles from 21,000 homes, as part of a curbside collection pilot.

In 2018, Diabetes Canada installed collection bins at the region’s headquarters at 10 Peel Centre Drive and 7210 Hurontario Street. Mississauga and Brampton have both expressed interest in placing collection bins at their municipal facilities.

According to Public Works, more than 7,700 tonnes of textiles are thrown out in Peel every year.

Peel currently collects textiles at its Community Recycling Centres in partnership with the Salvation Army and Caledon Community Services. The problem is that most people prefer cheaper clothing that ends up wearing out very quickly and ends up in trash, that is the source of the problem that should also be tackled. -CINEWS

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