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.

If you’d like to volunteer with AFTeR, please contact us at

 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.

The Salvation Army Thrift Store – National Recycling Operations’ (NRO) role is both to generate funds to help The Salvation Army achieve its mission, and to influence positively the communities in which we serve. By operating 106 successful thrift stores across Canada and integrating with the mission and work of the Salvation Army as a whole, our stores are a functioning and thriving modern day model of William Booth’s conceived “Household Salvage Brigade” through which the marginalized and excluded of society are refreshed and regenerated by the fulfilment of their practical needs.

Your donations matter — all items collected through donation drives are sold in our stores at a reduced cost, with the proceeds then directed to our social service programs. With your support, the Salvation Army Thrift Store is able to generate funds for the Salvation Army to operate vital community programs such as children’s summer camps and daycare centres, addiction and rehabilitation services, men’s and women’s shelters, correctional and justice services, health services and residential centres for the homeless, food banks, and emergency disaster service and vehicles. For a comprehensive list of programs and services, please visit

Donated items are also given free of charge directly to eligible community members through our voucher program, which provides a dignified shopping experience for those in need. By driving donations for us, you help give support to the Salvation Army’s programs, services, and emergency disaster relief efforts in your community that nurture the capabilities, skills and strengths of your neighbors and friends.

Diabetes Canada is Canada’s largest charitable clothing and small household goods collection service.
With more than 5,000 donation bins and an active home pick-up service in communities across Canada (excluding Quebec), we collect unwanted gently used clothing and household items, using them to raise much-needed funds for Diabetes Canada.

We are an organization of dedicated professionals working with Canadians from coast to coast fighting to End Diabetes through waste diversion.

It’s just part of our ongoing commitment to innovating sustainable and community-based ways to support programs and research on behalf of the 11 million Canadians living with diabetes and pre-diabetes.

Each year, the program diverts more than 100 million lbs. of clothing and household items from landfill sites across Canada. This translates into savings of 1 billion kWh of energy – Equivalent to removing 212,087 cars from roads – Saves 7,257.44 mature trees- Conserves 167,828.30 liters of water – and reduces our carbon footprint by 280 million pounds of CO2 

Email if you would like more information on being a member.