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Markham, ON SMART Textile Recycling Program diverts clothing from landfill to second-hand shops

Markham, ON SMART Textile Recycling Program Landfill Divert


Seventy-seven bins are located near public buildings throughout the city. Residents with old clothing are asked to drop these items in the bins following a ban on textile disposal. Sensors within each bin indicate the volume of use and trigger collection. Lightly used clothing sent to The Salvation Army is placed in its local stores. Clothes that can't be resold are turned into insulation, pillow fill, and car seat fill. Markham saves $86,000 CAD per year from the program.

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