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New Textile Donation Partnership Helps Divert Waste

The City of Kamloops has entered into a new partnership with Diabetes Canada to encourage reusing and recycling textiles to help divert the millions of kilograms of textile material that go to the City’s landfills each year.
On average, each resident discards about 37 kg of textiles per year, which results in about 3.4 million kg of waste that could have been repurposed. Through this new partnership, residents can schedule free home pickups through Diabetes Canada or bring their unwanted items to drop-off clothing donation bins at one of the following nine locations throughout Kamloops:

  • Albert McGowan Park
  • Barnhartvale Landfill Diversion Area
  • Brocklehurst Arena
  • Bunker Road Recycling Depot
  • John Tod Centre
  • Mission Flats Landfill Diversion Area
  • Rae-Mor Park
  • Valleyview Park
  • Yacht Club

“This exciting partnership with Diabetes Canada allows residents to easily donate unwanted clothing and other textile items,” said Graham Lamont, the City’s Sanitation Supervisor, whose division oversees the City’s recycling program. “We see through our own inspection of recycling carts and bins that some residents add textiles to their household recycling. Unfortunately, the City cannot divert the material through the curbside and bin recycling program.”
Diabetes Canada’s drop-off clothing donation bins provide an opportunity for residents to discard unwanted textiles, including accessories, bags, clothing, and footwear, and general household items such as towels, blankets, sheets, curtains, and sleeping bags. Diabetes Canada also offers an online calendar that people can use to arrange free at-home pickup of textiles and small household goods.
In January 2019, Diabetes Canada was the first organization to retrofit and test all of its donation bins across the country in an effort to prevent injuries to those misusing or trying to enter its clothing donation bins.
“We are thrilled to partner with the City of Kamloops to reduce landfill waste and to raise awareness about the options and benefits to people and the environment when donating used textiles,” said Simon Langer, Manager, Government and Strategic Partnerships, Diabetes Canada’s National Diabetes Trust.
Millions of Canadians with diabetes or pre-diabetes, including children attending Diabetes Canada summer camps, rely on the funding generated through the organization’s textile diversion operations. Funds raised also provide essential funding for diabetes research and advocacy activities and resources for health care professionals.

The City of Kamloops is also excited to participate in Canada’s first national textile diversion research study, in partnership with York University and Diabetes Canada. The purpose of this research is to identify the economic, environmental, and social impacts of textile diversion for municipalities.
For more information on recycling in Kamloops including textiles recycling, visit Kamloops.ca/ResidentialRecycling.

Pictured here, from left to right, are Beata Tymoszejko, Regional Manager for Western Canada, Government & Strategic Partnerships at Diabetes Canada, Ed Laverock, Okanagan Valley Operations Manager at Diabetes Canada, Graham Lamont, City Sanitation Supervisor, and Marcia Dick, Solid Waste Services Analyst, with one of the new donation bins at the Kamloops Yacht Club.


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