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Textile Recycling FAQs

Markham's Textile Recycling Program - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are textiles?
  2. What kinds of textiles can be donated?
  3. Can I donate textiles that are not made with natural fibres?
  4. Can I donate my single shoe? How about my undergarments?
  5. Can I donate small, household, non-textile items?
  6. Can uniforms be donated?
  7. What can I not put in the textile donation bin?
  8. Where can I donate my unwanted textiles?
  9. Where can I drop off my textiles if I live in a multi-residential building?
  10. What if I cannot get to a location?
  11. Can I donate textiles anywhere else?
  12. What about non Markham donation bins – can I still us them?
  13. Who are Markham’s partners?
  14. What happens to my textile donation?
  15. Why should I donate my unwanted textiles?
  16. Can businesses use the drop-off bins to donate textiles?
  17. Can I place textiles in my blue box for recycling and put them curbside for pickup?

 


1. What are textiles?

Textiles consist of all clothing and shoes for adults, children and babies, including personal items such as bathing suits, bathrobes and undergarments. Also included are many accessories such as, purses, belts, jewellery and hats. Household items such as bedding, towels, curtains, pillows and sleeping bags are also considered textiles.

 

Clothing Footwear
(single or pairs)
Household Textiles Accessories

Active wear
Bathing suits
Bathrobes
Coats
Costumes
Dresses
Jeans
Pants
Parkas
Shirts
Skirts
Socks (singles or pairs)
Sports jerseys
Sweaters
T-shirts
Undergarments
Uniforms

Athletic shoes
Boots
Cleats
Dress shoes
High heels
Running shoes
Slippers
Loafers
Sneakers
Winter boots
Work boots

 

 

 

Aprons
Bedding
Bibs
Blankets
Comforters
Curtains
Cushions
Mats
Old rags
Oven mitts
Pet beds/clothing
Pillows
Rags
Sewing fabric
Sleeping bags
Stuffed toys
Towels
Wash cloths

Backpacks
Belts
Gloves
Gym bags
Hats
Jewellery
Mittens
Purses
Scarves
Ties
Toques

 

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2. What kinds of textiles can be donated?

All textiles can be donated, even items that are worn, torn or stained.  Items must be clean, dry and free of any medical or hazardous liquid such as grease/oil, blood and vomit. Even single holey socks and shoes should be donated.

 

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Yes, items made from synthetic and man-made fibres can be donated. If the fabrics are not suitable to be re-worn, they will be recycled into other products, such as carpet padding or upholstery stuffing.

 

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You can donate All of your textiles. Although a single shoe and undergarments may not be suitable for resale at thrift stores, it will be recycled and repurposed into other products. For example, even a single sock with holes in it can have a second life as pillow stuffing or home insulation.

 

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Yes, The Salvation Army and Diabetes Canada accepts new or gently used non-textile items, such as:

  • Small appliances, electronics and tools that are in working condition
  • Books/magazines
  • Records, CDs, movies
  • Picture frames
  • Sports and camping equipment
  • Kids toys, games, puzzles, etc.

 

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6. Can uniforms be donated?

Yes, you can donate all of your old work and school uniforms. Markham’s textile donation bins will take everything!

 

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7. What can I not put in the textile donation bin? 

Unacceptable items due to sanitary, health and safety concerns include:

  • Infant products – car seats, cribs, walkers, playpens, etc.
  • Automobile parts– tires, mufflers, fenders etc.
  • Construction material– bricks, lumber, windows, carpet, cabinets, etc.
  • Hazardous materials– paint, batteries, cleaning products, any liquids, etc.
  • Flammable products– propane tanks, barbeques, weed trimmers, tiki torches, etc.
  • TVs and other large electronics
  • Used mattresses/box springs
  • Blue box recyclables
  • Furniture
  • Garbage 
  • Organics and food

Do not place unacceptable items in or beside the textile donation bins. Security cameras will be used to identify and prosecute illegal dumping.

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