The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO) is the peak organisation that represents Australia’s charities and charity op shops that recycle clothing, furniture, household and workplace goods to provide for the disadvantaged and fund vital community programs.
Recycling your clothing and household goods
Charity op shops welcome and need your donations of quality used goods to sell to raise funds for their community services or give to people in need. But please take a moment to confirm your donation is in saleable / reuse condition. If it’s soiled, stained or broken it belongs in the garbage or recycling bin – not at charity op shops or their donation bins. And please deliver your donations into the op shop. Sadly, items left outside a closed op shop are pilfered and damaged.
To help you make the right decisions when cleaning out your home or office, please take a moment to watch this engaging video produced by the NSW EPA and spread the message to your friends and colleagues, or
visit our webpage How to make your donation count
For more on how to make your donation count follow this link.
Luv op shops
Australia’s charity op shops play vital roles in Australian communities.
All proceeds from your donations and purchases at charity op shops support the wonderful work undertaken by these charities in your community.
Parting with out-of-fashion / wrong size / no-longer-needed but still good quality clothes and household goods is so much easier when you know you are helping others less fortunate in your community when you donate to your local charity op shop.
Give yourself a little retail therapy that is guaranteed to do good – discover the fun of op shopping.
Find out how you can make your donation count ….
Did you know Australia’s first family are op shoppers? Read more here …
Donations, not rubbish please
Many people undertake a wardrobe clean-up with the change in season. Winter is a time of hardship for many people, so donations of quality warm clothes are needed by charity op shops to help the needy and raise funds for their community services. But giving unusable or broken goods and rubbish to a charity bin or op shop is not a donation – it is dumping waste on a charity. Australia’s charity recyclers stand to lose millions of dollars each year disposing of rubbish and unusable ‘donations’. Make your donation count by following these simple tips:
1.Ask yourself, would you give this item to a friend in need (ie it’s clean, undamaged, good quality)
2.Donate direct to the op shop during operating hours or call to arrange pick-up for larger items
3.Put rubbish and damaged items in your rubbish bin.
Margie Abbott thanks Australia’s 70,000 op shop volunteers on behalf of the nation
Some 70,000 volunteers support the operations of charity op shops around Australia. Mrs Margie Abbott, wife of the Prime Minister, helped the nation recognise their contribution during a morning tea hosted by The Smith Family in August 2014. She chatted over a cuppa and cake with the volunteers and staff at an op shop in Burwood, NSW. Mrs Abbott is pictured below with (left – right) Cherie Donaldson (Lifeline volunteer for 27 yrs), Bob Takser (Salvos – 18 yrs), Sena Belle (Smith Family – 6 yrs), Tracey McCullagh (Smith Family – 16 yrs) and Rena Basilico (Smith Family – 6 yrs). Meet more charity op shop volunteers here …
Margie Abbott celebrates Australia’s op shops
Margie Abbott, wife of the Prime Minister launched the 2014 celebration of charity op shops at an event hosted by Salvos Stores in Manly.
In the spirit of the celebration, Mrs Abbott donated some household goods – beautiful platters – and also purchased some clothing and books.
She is pictured below handing over the platters to General Manager Salvos Stores Australian Eastern Territory Neville Barrett and NACRO Chief Executive Kerryn Caulfield before meeting store volunteers, staff and people assisted through Salvos’ programs funded by the stores.