MARKHAM -- Rewear, Reuse and recycle is the mantra at the City of Markham.
Oct. 17 – 23, has been proclaimed Waste Diversion Week in the City of Markham.
Jack Keith, Deputy Mayor of Markham and Chair of Markham’s Waste Diversion Sub-Committee announced the much anticipated Textile Recycling Program being implemented in the City of Markham, and have partnered with the Salvation Army and the Canadian Diabetes Association to finally make it a reality.
Containers will be installed at city facilities, Markham Recycling Depots, Fire Stations, and Community Centers in which people can drop off anything from shoes to, towels, to pillows and everything in between.
“We will take your shirt off your back once you are done with it,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti.
Containers will also be placed at 50 multi-residential sites such as apartment buildings and condos.
Starting in April 2017 homeowners will not be allowed to throw out clothes/textiles in their regular garbage as they will have to be recycled.
Items that cannot be re-worn will be recycled into new products such as rags, paper, and insulation, or shredded down for stuffing or fiber recycling.
Each bin will be equipped with sensors to detect when the bins are full. They will also have a security camera attached to each bin to discourage illegal dumping.
The bins were created by Mennonites in London, Ont., and are completely made from recycled materials.
The City of Markham has been very proactive in initiating green and eco-friendly projects.
Many of their municipal buildings have solar panels on the roofs and new municipal buildings being built must meet and eco-friendly criteria.
For more information on the project visit www.markham.ca .