PEI

Put a sock in it: Bins set up to collect unwanted textiles

Islanders are encouraged to recycle their unwanted clothing, drapes and other textiles at designated drop-off sites to keep them out of landfills — and to help a charity.

Bins set up to collect unwanted textiles, proceeds go to charity

P.E.I. Communities, Land and Environment Minister Robert Mitchell (left) and Superior Sanitation president Edward Clark are encouraging Islanders to consider recycling their textiles to keep them out of landfills. (Government of P.E.I.)

Islanders are encouraged to recycle their unwanted clothing, drapes and other textiles at designated drop-off sites to keep them out of landfills — and to help a charity.

There are two collection bins at GreenIsle Environmental's Waste Watch drop-off location at 8 Superior Cres. in Charlottetown, where Islanders can drop off their textiles free of charge during regular business hours.

Items that can be dropped off include clothing, footwear, bed linens, towels, stuffed toys, and drapes that would not suitable to be reused as donations.

Mikinduri Children of Hope

The textile recycling bins are a result of a partnership between GreenIsle Environmental Inc. and Mikinduri Children of Hope, a local charity that helps relieve poverty and sickness and help raise the standard of living in the Mikinduri area of Africa. These textiles will be recycled and raise funds in support of the Mikinduri Children of Hope.

More than 3.6 million kilograms of textiles per year end up in P.E.I.'s solid-waste systems, according to the provincial government.

"I encourage all Islanders to consider the effect on our environment and recycle those unwanted pieces," said Land and Environment Minister Robert Mitchell in a news release.  

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