On March 7th, 2019, the following motion tabled by MPP Donna Skelly was carried in the legislature:
That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should implement a province-wide industry stewardship plan promoting a no cost program that encourages unwanted clothing and textiles be donated to local charitable and non-profit organizations instead of sending these items to landfills.
The motion is intended to reduce the amount of waste sent to our landfills and create jobs in areas related to this industry. It promotes a campaign behind having unwanted clothing and other items be donated to local charitable and non-profit organizations instead of sending them to landfills.
What supporters of our initiative are saying:
“The City of Markham is very supportive of the Provincial government’s leadership to advance the increased waste diversion and recycling of unwanted textiles with a province wide stewardship plan.” - Claudia Marsales, Senior Manager Waste Management, City of Markham
“We commend Ontario MPP Donna Skelly’s motion to build further awareness around the importance to the environment and communities when people reuse or recycle their unwanted clothing. The average Canadian throws out 81 pounds of textiles annually, 95 percent of which could be repurposed. In 2017, Value Village was proud to help Ontarians keep more than 134 million pounds of material from local landfills. At Value Village, we encourage consumers to Rethink Reuse.” - James Allen, Director of Government Affairs, Value Village
“As an environmental steward for over 100 years in Canada, The Salvation Army Thrift Store is a firm believer in giving gently used clothing and textiles a second chance at life. Help us create cleaner communities by donating to divert from landfills while making a difference for neighbours in need and the planet we share. The Salvation Army Thrift Store makes every donation count in making a difference for neighbours in need and the planet we all share. We encourage our communities to support initiatives that keep gently used clothing and textiles out of landfills through organizations such as ours. Diverting textiles to The Salvation Army Thrift Store benefits the environment extending their life by reducing the over production of consumer good and slowing textiles going to landfill. It also benefits those in need locally, and provides guests with the opportunity to shop for items they could otherwise not afford.” - The Salvation Army Thrift Store National Recycling Operations
"Diabetes Canada supports the promotion of reuse and recycling of used clothing, and is pleased that a proposed addition of a "donate" label on all new clothes sold in Ontario is being considered. We support the creation by the Government of Ontario of a province-wide industry stewardship plan that encourages landfill diversion of used clothing and textile donation in support of registered charitable organizations and non-profits. An estimated 1 billion pounds of textiles go to Ontario landfill sites every year. Those unwanted textiles can be recycled to generate much-needed funds to support the more than 4.4 million Ontarians living with diabetes or prediabetes." - Sean Shannon, President and CEO, National Diabetes Trust, the social enterprise of Diabetes Canada
Logo Design Competition:
As part of this initiative, we are having a province-wide competition to design a logo encouraging consumers to donate used clothing and other items. The motion encourages retailers and manufacturers to include the logo on clothing tags, in stores and on donation bins. We are hoping the logo will become a globally recognized symbol for donating.
The competition is open to anyone under 30 living in Ontario.
The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 10th, 2019.
Please send your designs by email to [email protected]
Thank you for participating and Good Luck!