With the transition to fall well under way, many people are excited about the crisp nights, apple picking and pumpkin spiced everything, but NBALC’s Meghan Wells is excited for a different reason—the annual wardrobe transition is underway.
“The change in seasons means it’s a time when a lot of people are going through their closets and making room for fall and winter items and are unsure what to do with the clothes they no longer want or have a use for,” she said.
This is where NBACL’s Community Collection Program comes in. With Big Orange Bins (or BOBs as we call them) located in communities around New Brunswick, donating used clothing is as easy as stuffing it into a garbage bag and dropping it off at your closest bin.
“What many people don’t realise is that even if they can’t get to a bin or just don’t have time to make a drop off, they can still donate to NBACL,” Meagan said. “All you have to do is give us a call or go to our website, provide us with some basic information, and leave the items out for pick up. We’ll do the rest, all at no charge.”
The Community Collection Program takes a wide variety of textile items including clothing and clothing accessories, shoes and bedding. The program also accepts small appliances like toasters and can openers, toys, books, jewelry and tools. The full list of what can and cannot be donated is found on the NBACL website.
By donating your clothing and household items to NBACL you’re not only helping the Association achieve its mission of ending exclusion in New Brunswick, but also having a real environmental impact.
“It’s pretty alarming to know that in North America we send over 10 million tonnes of clothing to landfill each year,” Wells said. The Community Collection Program is helping New Brunswickers do their part by re-using their clothing,” she continued.
Last year alone the program collected nearly 3 million pounds of clothing, from all corners of New Brunswick.
After being collected the clothing is dropped at Value Village stores in Fredericton, Moncton and Saint John. Value Village then weighs the volume of clothing collected and pays NBACL based on the amount collected. This partnership is invaluable to the Association as it gives a predictable and important revenue stream to ensure important programs and services can continue to operate.
“It’s such an easy way to make a big difference to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities all over New Brunswick,” Wells said. “Everyone should be doing it.”
To find a Big Orange Bin near you or arrange a free pickup, just head to nbacl.nb.ca or call toll free 1-866-622-2548.