Markham Recycles Textiles
NEW! Starting the week of April 17, 2017, unwanted textiles will no longer be accepted in Markham’s curbside collection service. Markham has become the first municipality in North America to support textile recycling by banning textile waste from disposal. Clear bags containing clothes and household textiles will not be collected.
It is estimated that every resident purchases between 30 and 40 kilograms of new clothes and household textiles every year. When no longer wanted, clothes, shoes and household textiles are going to far off landfills and incineration instead of being donated for reuse and recycling.
Instead of tossing unwanted textiles out with trash, Markham residents can now take their bagged donations to any one of the many new convenient Markham donation containers located across the City. Markham’s textile recycling program accepts all unwanted textiles including single socks, ripped tee-shirts, old sheets and worn-out shoes.
Markham has partnered with the Salvation Army and Diabetes Canada to collect and recycle all donated textiles.Available 24/7, Markham’s new donation bins contain special volume sensors that electronically signal when the bin needs servicing and calculates volume donated. Find a location nearest you.
All donated textiles are sorted to determine suitability for re-wear, reuse or recycling. Gently used items will be resold through the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store and Value Village locations, where proceeds help support local food banks, shelters, children’s camps and addiction treatment facilities. Textiles that are not suitable for resale are recycled and re-purposed into industrial rags, furniture padding, insulation, car seats, recycled fabrics and more.
What does Markham’s new program accept?
Textiles consist of all clothing and shoes for adults, children and babies, including personal items such as bathing suits, bathrobes and undergarments. Also, purses, belts, and hats, even single socks and shoes. Household textiles such as bedding, towels, curtains, pillows and sleeping bags are also included. Donate all your unwanted textiles, even items that are worn, torn or stained.
*All items need to be dry and free of any hazardous liquids such as grease/oils
Simply place your bagged textiles inside any Markham donation bin!
Socks (single or pairs)
Markham’s new textile program offers easy access to safe and convenient locations!
By the end of this year, there will be over 50 Markham managed donation bins across our community located on City property. Markham donation bins can also be found in 60 multi-residential properties with more locations expected by end of 2017.
All fire stations
Station 91 7801 Bayview Avenue
Station 92 10 Riviera Drive
Station 93 2930 Major Mackenzie
Station 94 7300 Birchmount Avenue
Station 95 316 Main Street, Unionville
Station 96 5567 14th Avenue
Station 97 209 Main Street, Markham
Station 98 650 Bur Oak Avenue
Station 99 3255 Bur Oak Avenue
All Markham Recycling Depots
Markham Village Depot 6041 Highway 7 East
Unionville Depot 137A Main Street
Thornhill Depot 5 Green Lane
Milliken Mills Depot 7660 Kennedy Rd (Behind Milliken Mills Community Centre)
Select Community Centres
Angus Glen Community Centre 3990 Major Mackenzie Dr East
More locations coming soon!
Free home pick-up services, call:
Diabetes Canada 1-800-505-5525
Kidney Foundation 1-800-414-3484
OFCP (Cerebral Palsy) 1-877-244-0899
Markham Recycles Textiles [PDF]
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