If you can’t reuse or repurpose your clothes locally, bring them to Raven!
Raven Recycling collects old clothing, belts and purses in our red Clothing Bank Donation Bins in the depot.
Simply “wash ’em, bag ’em, and drop ’em off!”
You can drop off bagged clothing in the Donation Bins in our bottle depot during open hours:
9 am – 6 pm, Monday – Saturday.
Please do not drop off items outside while we are closed.
Supporting a local charity!
The clothing we collect in our donation bins is sold to a recycler in BC, who sorts through every item. Some materials are resold in North America, others are processed to make rags or upholstery filling, and some are shipped for sale overseas.
All the proceeds from this program are donated to the Whitehorse Firefighters Charitable Society!
In 2018, this program diverted 84,851 lbs of textiles from local landfills!
Extending the life of your clothing lowers its environmental impact.
North Americans send over 10.5 million tonnes of clothing to the landfill each year, 95% of which could be recycled.
“The race to buy now and buy more is not only exhausting the environment of important resources, it is leaving consumers feeling overwhelmed by overflowing closets and a lack of space in their homes.” – 2018 State of Reuse Report
Reuse is always better than recycling
When you’re looking to get rid of old clothing, shoes and accessories, first consider donating them. There are many local non-profit organizations as well as thrift and consignment stores that occasionally take donations of used clothing.
Reusing clothes locally is the best possible option for the environment and it supports your local community. Consider hosting a clothing swap with your friends to find ways to keep the flow of materials circular!
Redesigning fashion’s future
“The time has come to transition to a textile system that delivers better economic, societal, and environmental outcomes. The report A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion’s future outlines a vision and sets out ambitions and actions – based on the principles of a circular economy – to design out negative impacts and capture a USD 500 billion economic opportunity by truly transforming the way clothes are designed, sold, and used.” – Ellen MacArthur Foundation