Ma­te­rial re­cy­cling in the 905

Richmond Hill Post - - News - Va­lerie Burke Markham Ward 1 Coun­cil­lor

Thanks to the con­sci­en­tious ef­forts of Markham res­i­dents, Markham has the high­est curb­side waste di­ver­sion rate in Canada. An in­no­va­tive tex­tile re­cy­cling pro­gram was re­cently launched to achieve a higher di­ver­sion rate by redi­rect­ing 4,500 tonnes of fab­ric ma­te­rial from the land­fill to be reused and re­cy­cled. Start­ing the week of April 17, fab­ric ma­te­ri­als will be banned from curb­side garbage. This in­cludes all cloth­ing, bed­ding, cur­tains, pil­lows, bags, belts, tea tow­els and even sin­gle socks and shoes.

Markham-branded do­na­tion con­tain­ers have been placed at re­cy­cling de­pots, fire de­part­ments and com­mu­nity cen­tres.

A part­ner­ship has been es­tab­lished with the Sal­va­tion Army to ser­vice the do­na­tion con­tain­ers at no cost. Ma­te­ri­als col­lected will be sorted by staff at the Markham Thrift Store to de­ter­mine suit­abil­ity for re­use or re­cy­cling.

Do­na­tion con­tain­ers have also been placed in multi-res­i­den­tial sites, with pro­gram sup­port pro­vided by the Cana­dian Di­a­betes As­so­ci­a­tion (CDA). Gen­tly used items will be sold in Value Vil­lage stores with 100 per cent of net pro­ceeds sup­port­ing the CDA’ s Clothes­line pro­gram.

Items that can­not be reused will be re­cy­cled into new prod­ucts, such as rags, pa­per, in­su­la­tion, stuff­ing or fi­bre re­cy­cling.

Our goal is to help di­vert un­nec­es­sary waste from land­fills, sav­ing nat­u­ral re­sources and help­ing to gen­er­ate funds and jobs to help those in need.

Coun­cil­lor Va­lerie Burke (far right) in front of a Markham-branded do­na­tion con­tainer

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