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September 30, 2018

Peel residents have contributed to cleaner landfills diverting 1 million pounds of reusable goods through a successful partnership between The Salvation Army Thrift Store and the Region of Peel. 

In just seven months, The Salvation Army Thrift Store’s Donor Welcome Centres (DWCs) – located in four of the Region of Peel Community Recycling Centres (CRCs) – and a thrift store located at the Brampton CRC have diverted 1 million pounds of gently used clothing, household goods and furniture. 

“We are extremely grateful to the community and the Region, which have helped us achieve this major milestone,” said Tonny Colyn, National Product Acquisition Manager at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.

“Our partnership with the Region of Peel makes it easier for everyone to donate, which is evident in the 16,000 donors we’ve had donate at these locations since August,” said Colyn. “With this initial result, we are moving full-speed ahead inviting more residents to shop and donate with us, helping the Region reach its 75 per cent waste diversion goal.”

The Salvation Army Thrift Store, located at the Brampton CRC, opened on September 6, 2016, while the organization’s four Donor Welcome Centres in the Region opened the previous month.  The donation locations are: 

Brampton: Brampton CRC, 395 Chrysler Dr. and Heart Lake CRC, 420 Railside Dr.

Mississauga: Battleford CRC, 2255 Battleford Rd. and  Fewster CRC, 1126 Fewster Dr.

“Thank you, Peel residents, for bringing your reusable goods to our Community Recycling Centres. We appreciate you working with us to divert more usable goods from landfill and help us meet the Region’s 75 per cent waste diversion goal,” said Norm Lee, the Region of Peel’s Director of Waste Management. 

“We also appreciate The Salvation Army Thrift Store working in partnership with us to provide these enhanced services for our community.” 

The Salvation Army Thrift Store Donor Welcome Centres accept accessories, antiques and collectibles, books and media, eye glasses, furniture, gently used clothing, household items, plumbing fixtures, power equipment, shoes, small appliances, sports equipment, tools, shop equipment, and toys.