(Fredericton, N.B.) October 15-21 is designated as Waste Reduction Week in Canada and the New Brunswick Association for Community Living (NBACL) wants to remind New Brunswickers that it’s also a great time to donate gently-used clothing, extending the life and reducing the amount of textiles going to landfill.
“Waste Reduction week is the perfect time to raise awareness around the importance of reducing the amount of waste going to our landfills,” said Sarah Wagner, NBACL’s Executive Director. “It’s been reported that North Americans throw away over 10.5 million pounds of clothing each year, 95% of which could be recycled.”
Here in New Brunswick, NBACL is doing its part to reduce the amount of clothing being thrown out. Partnering with Value Village, NBACL operates a Community Collection Program which, last year alone, diverted more than 2.5 million pounds of clothing from New Brunswick landfills. Dollars raised from the sale of these clothing and small household items go directly to NBACL programs benefitting those with an intellectual or developmental disability in all corners of New Brunswick.
“NBACL uses the funds raised through the Community Collection Program to offer programs which support children and adults with an intellectual or developmental disability and their families. NBACL offers programs in the areas of childcare, employment, education, community inclusion and transition from school to work to name a few,” Wagner said. “Dollars from each and every donation stay here in New Brunswick and help countless people every day. We can’t stress enough how thankful we are to those who donate their gently-used clothing and small household items to us,” she continued.
Anyone can donate gently-used clothing and small household items and NBACL makes it easy. Donations can be dropped off at the Association’s “Big Orange Bins” located at convenient locations around New Brunswick. A full list of bin locations can be found at nbacl.nb.ca/ccp. NBACL will also pick up donations for free. Just visit the website or call toll-free 1-866-622-2548 to arrange a free pickup.
Throughout Waste Reduction Week, NBACL will be reminding New Brunswickers on social media about the environmental impacts the textile industry is having and how, by donating gently-used clothing, we all can reduce our collective environmental footprint.
The New Brunswick Association For Community Living (NBACL) is a provincial non-profit organization that works on behalf of children and adults with an intellectual disability and their families. We work to ensure that people with an intellectual disability, with the support of their families, have the option to choose the supports they need to live meaningful lives and participate in their communities as valued and contributing members.
Matt Higgs, Manager of Communications, NBACL
Toll Free: 1-866-622-2548 x 2223 Direct: 506-406-0281