When residents make textile donations, they are supporting our community in a variety of ways. Donations help:
- keep waste from our landfills
- support local charities that use unwanted textiles as a way to raise funds
- make it easy for residents to declutter in ways that are environmentally friendly
Did you know? On average, each Kamloops resident discards about 37 kg of textiles per year, which results in about 3.4 million kg of waste that could have been repurposed (Source: City of Kamloops waste audits).
Residents can drop off unwanted textiles (in any condition) to one of six Diabetes Canada textile donation bins at the following City facility locations:
- Albert McGowan Park
- Barnhartvale Landfill Diversion Area
- Brocklehurst Arena
- Mission Flats Landfill Diversion Area
- Rae-Mor Park
- Valleyview Park
There are also additional textile recycling bins located in the community that are on non-City property. Look up the nearest donation location by searching "donation bins" in the Kamloops Waste Wise App, or by using the "Find a Donation Bin" search tool on the Diabetes Canada website.
What You Can Leave in a Donation Bin*
- Accessories and bags
- Clothing (all types)
- General household textiles (towels, blankets, sheets)
- Shoes and boots
- Sleeping bags
*Please place items in a sealed garbage bag, ensuring the bag does not exceed 40 lbs in weight.
What's Not Accepted:
- Household items
- Electronics and sports equipment
- Organic and hazardous materials
- Any other textile items that do not fit inside the bin
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.