Metro Vancouver Tackles Clothing WasteMetro Vancouver Tackles Clothing Waste<div class="ExternalClass307A5F4B20BD43FA9D0AC8D23D758659"><p>Metro Vancouver is <a href="/services/solid-waste/reduction-reuse/clothing-waste/research/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">assessing potential programs and policies to reduce textile waste</a> -- one of the region’s fastest growing waste streams due to rapidly changing fashion trends and low prices, which have led to an increase in clothing consumption and disposal. </p><p>Textiles make up about five percent of the region's municipal solid waste, or 40,000 metric tonnes per year. This includes fabrics used in clothing, carpets and upholstery. Clothing makes up about half of all textile waste, which is equivalent to about 34 t-shirts per person per year.</p><p>There are currently no local recycling options for used clothing or fabric off-cuts from manufacturing, where used clothing can be processed into new clothing or other products. However, clothing, shoes and accessories are often donated or reused, and some fabrics salvaged to produce wiper rags and insulation.</p><p>Metro Vancouver has participated in a report titled <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/publication/323525011" target="_blank"> <em> Unraveling the Problem of Apparel Waste in the Greater Vancouver Area</em></a>, which summarizes key challenges with apparel waste, provides a detailed overview of the existing system for apparel reuse and recycling, and identifies opportunities for industry, academia and government to work towards the reduction of clothing and apparel waste.</p><p>It is also working with the <a href="http://www.nzwc.ca/" target="_blank"> National Zero Waste Council</a> and others to share the findings of this report with industry and catalyze the conversation on clothing waste reduction and circular fashion. </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/mu41-clothing.jpg2018-03-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#92eaa47a-0f33-4648-b846-b730cde049be;L0|#092eaa47a-0f33-4648-b846-b730cde049be|Issue 41;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassED90325972E44699A42B57B83F73FBF3"><p>​Metro Vancouver is assessing potential programs and policies to reduce textile waste -- one of the region's fastest growing waste streams.</p></div>0