Textiles Collection & Recycling Information
IMPORTANT: Starting June 30, 2022, our depots will no longer be able to accept textiles. The Return-It Textiles program has been discontinued. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.
Where to donate textiles after June 30, 2022
There are many options for donating used clothing and other textiles, including taking them directly to a Salvation Army Thrift Store. In the Lower Mainland, other options include SPCA Thrift Stores, Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store, and hospital foundation thrift stores. In addition, Big Brothers, Diabetes Canada, and other charities have donation bins set up in various locations.
The average adult throws away 81 pounds of used textiles each year - in Metro Vancouver, textiles make up about 5% of the region’s municipal solid waste.In 2020, Return-It partnered with Salvation Army to accept old, unused, or unloved clothing and textiles for re-use and recycling through the Return-It Textiles program. Return-It launched its textiles program to offer BC residents a convenient option to extend the life of their textiles and ensure they stay out of our landfills.
With 48 locations across BC, the Return-It Textiles program diverted over 485 tonnes of used textiles from the landfill. Offering textiles recycling at Return-It depot locations allowed British Columbians to drop off old clothes while they’re at the depot recycling other products, and our partnership with Salvation Army meant those who droped-off textiles could be confident that their unused clothing, bed sheets, curtains, shoes, and even sleeping bags are being re-used or recycled.
Return-It Textiles accepted the following items for re-use and recycling:
- Accessories and bags
- Clothing (all types)
- General household textiles (towels, blankets, sheets)
- Shoes and boots
- Sleeping bags
Old, unused, and unloved textiles collected through the Return-It Textiles program were recycled through Salvation Army Thrift Store’s Earth Stewardship initiative. Through this initiative, Salvation Army lessened the impact of textiles on our environment while raising funds to support its programs, services, and emergency relief efforts.