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Textile Recycling Report

Textile Recycling Report

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In 2020, with financial support from Environment & Climate Change Canada, we conducted Canada’s first textile recycling feasibility study. Prior to this research, there was no credible data as to how much textile waste is generated in Canada which could be used for recycling instead of ending up in the landfill. Our report, published in May 2020 estimates that nearly 500,000 tonnes of textiles end up in Canada’s landfills – each year. Our research looked at not only the volume of textile waste – generated through manufacturing (post-industrial), at the retail level via returns, damages & excess inventory (pre-consumer) and what ends up in municipal landfills when we throw out our unwanted clothes (post-consumer); but we also set out to understand the composition of the fibres – synthetic vs natural. Our report also included a technical review of chemical and mechanical recycling technologies, and 22 recommendations to the federal government. View the report.

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