Barrie Environmental Centre
272 Ferndale Drive North
Fashion Takes Action
Recycling Council of Ontario
Rethink Waste Idea Board
This page contains tips for rethinking your approach to obtaining and disposing of clothing, linens and shoes.
Clothing production and consumption contributes to textile waste globally. By rethinking the way you consume and dispose of textile waste, you can help contribute to a greener Barrie and planet.
The City supports clothing donations by arranging for outdoor collection bins at select facilities, and two curbside textile collection weeks yearly. In 2021, a total of 95.74 tonnes of textiles were collected curbside from 15073 participating households.
The average person throws away 37 kilograms of textiles each year, and 95% of those clothes could be reused or recycled (source: WRW Canada). There are multiple options for donating your textiles in Barrie.
textile collection bins are located at the following City facilities. View the list of accepted items. 100% of net proceeds supports
Cornerstone to Recovery in combatting homelessness and addiction, and supporting mental health in the community.
For more information about the bins, please call Cornerstone to Recovery at 905-762-1551. For bin servicing, please call 905-508-0300.
The City of Barrie offers two curbside textile collections each year, in the late spring and in early fall. The collection dates for 2022 are June 13-17 and September 12-16. Visit Recycling Reward's website for details.
During the collection weeks, any type of plastic bag marked “textiles" is collected curbside on specified days. Notice is posted at
barrie.ca/CurbideCollection and promoted by the City.
The curbside textile collection is for individual resident homes in Barrie (detached, semi-detached, townhouse). If you live in a multi-residential building (apartment or condominium) and would like textile collection, please contact your superintendent or property manager and ask them to contact
Recycling Rewards to arrange a texile pickup or a bin for your location.
The textiles that are collected curbside directly supports Cornerstone to Recovery, a non-profit charitable agency that provides community-based recover programs for individuals and families experiencing and impacted by addiction.
Please consider donating used clothing through local re-use stores and/or pickup services, including:
There are also many
consignment stores in Barrie that each accept specific types of clothing brands and styles.
If you run a clothing store or service that accepts used clothing donations and helps divert clothing from the City's
landfill, please email
RethinkWaste@barrie.ca to request your store be added to this list.
Resources linked above are compiled by City staff to provide information to Barrie residents that may help divert textile waste from the City's landfill. Linked resources are not affiliated with the corporation of the City of Barrie.
The first step in reducing textile waste is to reconsider your buying patterns. Tips to help make greener textile buying choices:
Below are some ways to contribute reusing of clothing items, along with helpful resources sourced by City staff:
27 Creative Ways To Reuse Old Clothing (lifehack.org)
Upcycling Clothes: 7 Creative Ways to Repurpose Your Old Clothes (Good On You)
Video: Sew a one hour top (Barrie Public Library)
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