Over 7,000 tonnes of textiles are recycled annually. However, another 30,000 tonnes still end up in Nova Scotia’s landfills. Old clothes, shoes, and accessories can have a new life in somebody else’s closet, and household bedding and other textiles can be recycled and used in a variety of different ways.
Used clothes and household textiles, in any condition, can be recycled around the province through charitable donation drop-off locations, and some municipalities collect curbside.
Charitable donations are administered by the industry-led AFTeR program — click here to find the charities that accept clothes and textiles, and their collection sites near you. Textiles are also accepted at select Enviro-Depots, and some are collected curbside (check out your local sorting guide for more information).
Over 7,000 tonnes of textiles are recycled annually. However, another 30,000 tonnes still end up in Nova Scotia’s landfills.