Metro Vancouver is considering a disposal ban on clothing, which makes up about 2.3% of garbage in the region. While, there is a strong reuse market in the region, through second-hand clothing sales and clothing donations to charitable organizations, improvement opportunities exist. Work is underway on strategies to increase textiles recycling and re-use.
What is a disposal ban?
Banning recyclable materials from disposal is one of Metro Vancouver’s regulatory tools to encourage recycling. There’s a financial deterrent for not recycling as surcharges can be applied if banned materials are found in the garbage at regional disposal facilities.