Who We Are

AFTeR began in 2014 as a group of six founding organizations, consisting of non-profit and for-profit companies, they collect or assist in the collection of used household clothing and household textiles to fund social causes. 


We encourage textile donations from Nova Scotian residents, thereby diverting textiles from landfill for the improvement of people, communities and the environment.

Our members are experts at recovering used textiles for resale and recycling. They collect or assist in the collection of textiles that are eventually sold as second-hand clothing or to textile management companies. Funds raised by the nonprofits support our local member organizations and causes such as helping children and youth at risk, combatting disease, and supporting marginalized citizens.  

What We Do

We are advocates dedicated to awareness, public education and advocacy for post-consumer textile diversion. AFTeR members ensure that textiles are properly diverted – from bin management to community engagement and offshore sales.

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 Our Members 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax operates a clothing donation initiative as a social enterprise to fund life-changing programs for young people facing adversity.

These programs improve social emotional competence, mental health and well-being, enhance connectedness in school, community and work, and help shape young people better prepared to fulfill their potential.

Every aspect of our social enterprise is charity-run (from our call centre to the team that collects donations from donors’ homes), and all proceeds are used locally to support young people in communities throughout HRM.

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The Eastern Recyclers Association, (ERA, founded 1981) is a non-profit industry organization representing bottle depot owners in NS. Depots accept mainly deposit bearing beverage containers, electronics, paint, and other products to be recycled.

Many of the ERA depots accept household clothing and shoes to be repurposed and reused where possible. Donations of clothing and shoes to our PINK BINS help provide financial support to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Atlantic.

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