When donating items to charity stores, first ask yourself: “Would I give this to a friend?”. Charity op shops are currently paying $13 million a year to send unusable donations to landfill, which account for about 60,000 tonnes of waste.1 Quality charity donations are still highly desirable though as they create social, environmental and economic benefits, including diverting over 588,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill.2
Choose your actions!
- Find your nearest charity on RecyclingNearYou.
- If your old items aren’t friend-worthy, don’t worry - there are many other options available:
- Towels and bedding are often needed by animal shelters or vets.
- Old clothing and textiles are accepted at H&M, Zara and Manrags to be reused or recycled.
- Sheridan accepts your pre-loved sheets and towels (any brand) at your local Sheridan Boutique, Studio or Outlet store.
- Mattresses can be often be recycled by local councils or returned when purchasing a new one.
- White goods like fridges can be recycled via take-back schemes, bulky goods collections and resource recovery centres.
- Mobile phones can be recycled with MobileMuster, televisions and computers via the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme, and for other electrical appliances search RecyclingNearYou.
- Have other items that are beyond the point of donation? Visit RecyclingNearYou.com.au to find recycling options.
- Celebrate everything secondhand and pre-loved during National Recycling Week on Saturday 16 November 2019 with Buy It Back Day.