Buy It Back Day

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What Is Buy It Back Day?

Planet Ark's Buy It Back Day will be held on Saturday 14 November 2020 during National Recycling Week. It is a day for the community to celebrate National Recycling Week with mindful purchasing by:

  • Buying something secondhand
  • Buying a product made from recycled materials
  • Celebrate second-hand purchases

Why Should I Buy It Back?

Buying secondhand items or products made from recycled materials reduces your impact on the environment. It saves the resources and energy that go into making products from virgin materials. Buying recycled helps to close the recycling loop and support the circular economy rather than the take-make-throwaway economy.

Moving The Needle

Every 10 minutes Australians throw out approximately 6,000Kg of clothes. Give your clothes a new life by donating before you buy new ones.

Moving the Needle is an initiative that focuses on getting members of the public to donate their used clothing instead of getting rid of it in their household waste bin, with the goal of reducing the number of textiles in landfill by 20% by 2022.

Visit to find your nearest donation point.


How do I get involved?



Search for a participating secondhand shop near you

Buy Recycled

Buy something made from recycled material or head on in to a participating secondhand shop to find a pre-loved bargain


Post a photo on social media with #BuyItBack and #NationalRecyclingWeek and celebrate your second-hand purchases.

Second Hand Shops
  1. Plan your event for Saturday 14 November during National Recycling Week (9 - 15 November 2020), or choose another day if that doesn’t suit.
  2. Decide what to do – you could:
    1. Offer discounts to customers on that day;
    2. Hold a BBQ for customers & raise money for your favourite charity;
    3. Have a lucky door prize on the day;
    4. Have prizes for photos shared on social media from the event; and/or
    5. Come up with something else!

Promote Your Event


Click and download one of our adaptable posters to promote your Buy It Back Day celebrations (see bottom of this page). You can enter your own event details, date and time. There is also a spot to insert your logo. Then simply print it off.

Social Media

Promote your event on social media, with councils and the local media using #BuyItBack and #NationalRecyclingWeek. You can even download our Buy It Back logo and add it to your image.

For more information on reuse and sharing, head to the Reuse Information Hub.