Each year, Australian charities receive almost 800,000 tonnes of goods but around a third of these donations cannot be reused or recycled.
During the holiday season, there is an increase in unusable donations – including people using clothing bins as dumping grounds for food waste and other rubbish.
“Donating unwanted goods is a great way to help those less fortunate, but as a rule of thumb, if it ain’t fit for a mate, then don’t donate,” NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said.
The NSW Government is working with the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) to create awareness about responsible donations.
Anglicare Operations Manager for Shops and Factories Julie McAuley said there are a lot of ways a donation can assist the community.
“Profits from our shops fund our community programs in Sydney and the Illawarra, their contribution not only helps the environment, but also assists our work,” Ms McAuley said.
“A simple piece of clothing that one person may no longer need can also be loved again by others and put to good use. There are a lot of ways a considered donation can assist the community.”
To find out how to donate clothing and household items, visit the NACRO website.