Textiles Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
1. What will happen to the clothes once they’ve been dropped off at a participating depot? Do they get recycled?
Textiles collected through the program will be distributed to reuse organizations and companies within Western Canada. Any returned textiles that cannot be resold will be recycled and reused to make many different materials like rags, paper, yarn, carpet padding, or insulation. Through the reuse and/or re-purposing of this material, we can all help divert waste in the form of used and unwanted clothing from the landfill.
2. Can you drop off ripped clothing?
As long as they are clean, ripped and torn clothing can be returned to be recycled and used as rags and other material.
3. What items are accepted through this program?
Clothing including shirts, dresses, shorts, jeans, undershirts, as well as baby and children’s clothes; footwear including shoes, boots, gym shoes, and slippers; household textiles including sheets, towels, curtains as well as drapes, blankets and table linens; bags, accessories, and sleeping bags.
4. Where is my nearest Textiles drop-off location?
We encourage the public to visit return-it.ca/locations/textiles for the latest depot locations participating in the program. We will continue to look at expanding textiles to other depot locations throughout BC.