Textiles are the next frontier in recycling for cities looking to cut waste

May 9, 2016 at 10:52 am Leave a comment

usedWe recycle a lot in my community. I sort metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard for pickup. At my house, we compost tea bags and rinse out milk bags. I take batteries and electronics to drop-off points, along with cans of paint. And that isn’t the end of it.

But my sock? Could that be recycled?

Research led me almost immediately to Claudia Marsales at the City of Markham, a senior waste manger so committed to recycling she has been dubbed “the Queen of the Heap.”

“For 30 years, we have been recycling newspapers,” she fumed. “Textiles has just been off everybody’s radar.”A recent study in Ontario concluded 85 per cent of discarded textiles end up in a landfill site, meaning just 15 per cent are recycled or reused.

Read Textiles are the next frontier in recycling for cities looking to cut waste by Havard Gould at CBC News.





Entry filed under: How-To, Recycling, Reducing Consumption, Waste.

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