Big help – How GO customers have donated a hippo’s weight in clothing

Try this on for size.

Those old and torn skinny jeans in your closet – the ones you swear you’ll wear again – weigh in at about .455kg.

Knowing that bit of textile trivia might help put some weight behind what GO customers have recently pulled from closets and cupboards.

For more than a month, commuters have been able to drop off used clothing at donation bins recently installed at four Markham GO stations – and the initial results of their efforts are piling up.

The pilot project, previously featured on Metrolinx News (scroll down for that link), has already diverted more than 2,500kg of clothing and textiles that would have otherwise been destined for landfill.

How much is that? Remember that single pair of jeans? All combined, the loads of donated cloth weighs as  much as a full grown hippopotamus. And it’s getting bigger.

A person puts donated clothing into one of the donated bins.

One shoe at a time – So far, 2,500kg of clothing and textiles, everything from single sneakers to old oven mitts to wrinkled t-shirts, has been collected.

The new textile recycling bins are the result of a partnership between Metrolinx, Diabetes Canada and the City of Markham.  The bins have been installed at the four GO Stations in Markham (Mount Joy, Unionville, Centennial, and Markham) to help give back and reduce our environmental footprint.

The donations support those living with diabetes and are part of a broader strategy to reduce the amount of fabric and other clothing materials that end up in rapidly overflowing landfills across the province.

A donations truck is seen parked by two bins.

For more than a month, commuters have been able to drop off used clothing at donation bins recently installed at four Markham GO stations – and the initial results are piling up.

If the program continues to increase in popularity, the plan is to roll it out to GO stations across the region.

To read our previous story, just click here.

For the full list of accepted items, click here.

For more information on Diabetes Canada’s declutter program, click here.

You may just want to reconsider leaving those aged and torn skinny jeans in the closet, and instead see how they fit on the hippo already growing bigger for a good cause.

Story by Scott Money, Metrolinx media relations advisor.