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Textile Waste Reduction

Textiles are clothing and other related items, such as shoes, purses, belts, drapes, linens and bedding. In North Bay, the collection and disposal of textiles as part the general waste stream is not permitted. Instead, residents are encouraged to reduce, repair, and repurpose their clothes and other related items in order to help to extend the life of our landfill and protect the environment.

Did You Know?

Each year, 37 kg of textile waste per person ends of in Canadian Landfills. 

Clothing production has doubled between the years 2000 to 2014, and the average consumer bought 60 percent more clothing in 2014 compared to 2000 while keeping each garment half as long. Worldwide 85 percent of all textiles are lost to disposal annually. We’re trying to reverse trends.

Simple ways to reduce you clothing waste

Purchase vintage or second hand. Consider purchasing fewer items and ensuring those items are good quality and designed to last for many years.

Rethink daily choices to eliminate unnecessary purchases. Choose high quality clothing made of natural fibers that will last a long time. Develop your own sense of style since it is what you will want to wear in the long run.

Sharing, swapping and repairing are simple ways to extend the life of everyday products. You can also choose to buy once loved clothing and other textiles.

A little care or a little repair can prolong the life of your clothes.

Where to Donate

If your organization would like to be included in this list, please contact:, 705-474-0400 ext. 5221