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County's clothing collection program returns the weeks of June 17 and 24


Midhurst/June 5, 2019 – In June, the County of Simcoe is bringing back its curbside collection program for clothing and textiles to help divert these materials away from landfills. During this two-week long program, the County will collect clean, dry clothes from households including those that cannot be re-used.

Simcoe County residents will have received pink plastic bags for clothing and textiles in the mail at the end of May. Pick-up will take place on one regularly scheduled collection day during a two week period in June, starting on June 17. To determine your exact collection date and for more information on other special collection days, download the new Simcoe County Collects app and stay connected to what's “app"ening with waste collection services in Simcoe County. The app is available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play. 

As with regular waste collection, pink clothing bags or clear plastic bags containing clothes and textiles should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on your collection day. Bags must be sealed and weigh less than 20 kgs. Items must be clean, dry and odour free. Further detail on solid waste management programs, including the clothing pick-up, are available online at simcoe.ca/dpt/swm

Acceptable materials include:

• Clean clothing including torn, unfashionable, stained, and missing buttons or broken zippers
• Towels, linens and pillows
• Coats and outerwear
• Hats, belts and scarves
• Purses, backpacks, sleeping bags and luggage
• Shoes, socks and mittens in pairs (wrap with elastic to hold together) 

The County encourages residents to donate usable clothing and apparel whenever possible. Despite local donation programs, approximately 85 per cent of unwanted textiles end up disposed of in County Waste Management sites. The purpose of this collection program is to collect clothing and textiles that wouldn't otherwise be passed on, including those items with stains, tears and broken zippers which are not suitable for donation.

Collected clothing and textiles are sent to a facility for sorting/grading. Some materials are sent for reuse in Ontario and overseas while other materials are made into rags and acoustic fill. Ninety-eight per cent of material collected is able to be reused/recycled.

Please note, this program does not apply to residents of the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia.

Quick Facts:

  • The average person discards 37 kgs. of textiles each year
  • Eighty-five per cent of discarded textiles end up in landfill with only 15 per cent of textiles being donated
  • Textiles currently use significant landfill capacity and the decomposition time can be lengthy and may contribute to the production of greenhouse gases

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at simcoe.ca.

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Chris Hedley
Public Relations Consultant
County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1030
705-715-7654 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Manager, Public Relations
County of Simcoe, Services Simcoe Branch
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)