Simcoe County Looks To Divert Textiles From Landfills

Special collections in June

Some newfangled recycling is coming to Simcoe County. Textiles. Old clothing, towels, linens, coats, socks, mittens and more.

It’ll be a one-shot deal similar to the battery pick-up each year. Two weeks have been set aside for it in June.

“The average person discards about 37 kilograms of textiles and that equates to over 11,000 tonnes of textiles in the county alone that are being discarded,” says the county’s Willma Bureau. “We know that only about 15 per cent of these items are donated to charity…that means 85 per cent is actually being discarded in the garbage.”


County residents should have received special bags in the next couple of weeks. If you have more than enough to fill it clear bags can also be used.

“Look for your pink collection bag in the mail and help us recycle textiles and keep these materials out of our landfills,” said Warden Gerry Marshall. “We’ve experienced tremendous participation rates with our curbside battery collection program and we’re hopeful this convenient new option will have similar results.”


  • Used clean clothing and undergarments
  • Towels and linens (pillows)
  • Coats and outerwear
  • Hats, belts and scarves
  • Purses, backpacks, sleeping bags and luggage
  • Socks, mittens and shoes in pairs (wrap with elastic to hold together)

The County encourages residents to donate usable clothing and apparel whenever possible. The purpose of this program is to collect textiles that wouldn’t otherwise be passed on, including those items with stains, tears and broken zippers. All textiles being collected will be sent to a facility for sorting and grading and then re-used. Those items not re-usable are made into rags and acoustic fill.

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