Please take responsibility for your donations

Illegally dumped, damaged and poor conditioned donations are significant issues for NSW charities, costing them millions of dollars a year for clean-up and disposal and detracting from their core works.

Research also shows that 50 per cent of people who leave items outside charity shops or beside donation bins don’t realise they often end up in the bin.

The NSW EPA and Charitable Recycling Australia are encouraging all donators to take a minute to make sure they’re donating responsibly.

Watch this video for some tips on how charities would like you to donate.

Tips to ensure you’re donating responsibly

  • If you wouldn’t give a second-hand item to a mate, don’t donate.
  • Rubbish and damaged items belong in the garbage bin, not the charity bin.
  • If your local op shop is closed or the donation bin is full – don’t leave outside. Wait for the bin to be emptied or ring ahead to check when your op shop is open.
  • Illegal dumping at charity bins and shop fronts can attract fines up to $4000.
  • If you do have items to dispose of that are not appropriate for donation contact your local council to arrange a council pickup or to find your nearest waste station

Your donations might end up in landfill and cost charities millions

Infographic showing how donations might end up in landfill and cost charities millions
Data taken from ‘An estimate of dumping at charitable recyclers in NSW’, prepared by Asterisk One. August 2019

Charitable Recycling Australia thank you message

“Thank you so much to all the generous Australians whose donations help charities fund essential community programs and assist tens of thousands of people in need. Charities need your donations all year round, so please declutter and donate all the stuff you don’t need to charity. But please donate responsibly: if it’s not good enough to donate to friends and family, it’s most likely not good enough for charity. And remember to donate in store or inside donation bins, never outside, to make sure your donations count.” Charitable Recycling Australia CEO Omer Soker.

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