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The City of Brandon is encouraging members of the community to drop off their worn-out clothes and plush toys at a textile diversion depot, so they may be recycled, reused, or repurposed.
Brandon is one of more than 160 municipalities participating in a national research and textile diversion pilot program, led by Diabetes Canada and York University.
The goal of the program is to measure the economic, social and environmental impacts of textile diversion for municipalities.
Municipally branded textile diversion bins have been placed in four locations around the city, including the southeast corner of the Keystone Centre grounds, the East End Community Centre, and Kin and Rideau parks.
People can drop off unwanted clothing, plush toys, blankets and other textiles at these bins.
In the first two weeks of the program, nearly 227 kilograms of textiles have been collected at the four sites.
“From start to finish, it takes a total of 1,800 gallons to manufacture one pair of jeans and 700 gallons of water to make a single cotton T-shirt,” said Lindsay Hargreaves, the city’s environmental initiatives co-ordinator.
Hargreaves said of the 1.4 million kilograms of textiles purchased by Brandon consumers each year, 85 per cent end up in the landfill.
“While the global textile industry has become increasingly influenced by the concept of ‘fast fashion,’ we can work to change our behaviours as consumers by donating our unwanted clothing instead of throwing them in our refuse or recycling bins.”
The city will participate in the program for the next two years, after which long-term options will be considered.
Residents are also encouraged to donate unwanted textiles to Brandon’s charity thrift stores and to consider shopping at these stores instead of buying new.
More information on Brandon’s textile diversion pilot program can be found at www.brandonenvironment.ca.
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