In Brandon, 1.7 MILLION Kilograms of textiles are purchased each year, with 85% ending up in the landfill.
Brandon is proud to be one of more than 160 municipalities across Canada currently participating in a national research and textile diversion pilot program led by Diabetes Canada and York University, the main goal of which will be to identify economic, social, and environmental impacts of textile diversion for municipalities.
Brandon’s role as a participating municipality will be to educate the public on what to do with their textiles and the environmental impacts associated with throwing out textiles.
Unwanted clothing, tattered socks, and single shoes are among the large list of items we will be working to keep out of the garbage to extend the life of our landfill!
Textile diversion bins with the City logo are part of the National textile diversion and research program and can be found in the following locations:
- Keystone Centre grounds (southeast corner)
- East End Community Centre
- Kin Park
- Rideau Park
- Valleyview Community Centre
York University will send a quarterly report to the City outlining a life cycle analysis includes lbs of clothing diverted, litres of water saved and CO2 emissions avoided. In 2019 the pilot bins collected almost 60,000lbs of textiles!
You can donate and shop at the following charitable thrift stores/bins in Brandon:
Nearly New- proceeds fund the purchase of patient equipment at the Brandon Regional Hospital Centre
Brandon MCC Thrift Shop-proceeds support the local and global relief, development, and peace projects of the Mennonite Central Committee
Adult & Teen Challenge Super Thrift Brandon- proceeds support Teen Challenge Brandon Women's Centre
Diabetes Canada- proceeds go to advocacy and educational programs and life saving research
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