Material recycling in the 905
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