When residents make unused 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 resident discards about 37 kg of textiles per year, which results in about 3.4 million kg of waste that could have been repurposed.
Residents can support their favourite charity with donations of unwanted, decent-condition textiles such as clothing, footwear, sheets, blankets and towels, curtains and sleeping bags, or find the nearest donation location by searching "donation bins" in the Kamloops Waste Wise App.
The City's textile re-use partnership with Diabetes Canada gives residents some great options for donating, too. Residents can schedule free home pickups by visiting the Diabetes Canada online calendar or they can bring unwanted items in any condition 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
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.