Have you got some skeletons in your closet – in the form of past shopping binges?
By nature, many of us are clothing hoarders and our therapy tends towards annual Spring Cleaning. The disposal of these unwanted textiles in the regular curbside garbage remains the most popular method across Canada. For many communities, this material may represent up to 5% of what ends up in their landfill. Personal therapy perhaps, but a municipal challenge for sure, especially for those progressive communities committed towards Zero Waste Strategies. Most jurisdictions in North America have been working on waste reduction and diversion for decades, but have neglected textile waste. Although nearly all textiles could be recycled in one way or another, 85 percent end up in landfills. Only 15 percent, the tip of the iceberg, is being collected, reused or recycled.
Vision Quest Environmental is pleased to announce the Tip of the Iceberg Textile Diversion Strategies and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Symposium - Markham (Ontario), at the Hilton Suites Conference Centre & Spa Hotel, on Wednesday May 4, 2016. This event bridges the gap between the government legislators, regulators and policy advisors and the private world of clothing manufacturing, distribution and end-of-life management professionals. Our goal is to establish cost effective and environmentally sustainable solutions.
You are invited to join, listen, network and discuss the issue of textile waste diversion with government and private sector speakers from across North America. The following topics will be addressed:
- Exploring the issue of textile waste: Import penetration of textiles and clothing into the North American market; increased consumption of briefly fashionable clothing; tracing and controlling downstream material flow, economic ramifications of unwanted garments; understanding the impact of textiles in landfills and its contributions to climate change.
- Insight into how cosuers’ manage unwanted garments: New information collected from focus groups and an Ontario-wide survey.
- Innovative solutions for textile collection: Incorporating 21st century technology into a 20th century practice; exploring retailer initiatives that are leading the way—H&M’s initiative to take garments back and its cooperation with I Collect; Goodwill industries targeting single family and multi-residential (apartment) markets; New York’s innovative textile diversion program; leading municipal experiences advancing textile diversion and winning the game.
- Defining political solutions: Provincial regulatory framework on how the rules could be written based on Nova Scotia experience; considering the possibilities of textiles for becoming the next EPR product; balancing politics with practicality.