NACRO exists to enable charities to maximise their financial returns from their recycling operations, in order to uphold their charitable mission and purpose

Charities are burdened with 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations to landfill and forced to spend $13 million on waste management every year

Charities divert over 500,000 tonnes of waste from landfill by effective reuse, recycling and resource recovery – for maximum environmental impact

Charities maximise social and economic return to communities, with op shops driving $500 million in revenue for welfare programs for Australia’s most disadvantaged communities.


The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO) exists to enable charities to maximise their financial returns from their recycling operations, in order to uphold their charitable mission and purpose.

NACRO does this by enlisting support from governments, facilitating the exchange of information and developing the operations of members to position them for sustainability, success and growth.

Members include all of Australia’s leading charitable recycling organisations such as the Salvation Army, Australian Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul Society, Lifeline, UnitingCare, Anglicare, RSPCA, Red Nose, Mission Australia, The Smith Family, Spine & Limb Foundation, Good Samaritan Industries, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Diabetes, Epilepsy Foundation and many more including independent members like Link Vision, Family Life, Sacred Heart.

The association is run by a National Executive Committee including State Council Representatives in every state to ensure a local, grassroots connection to all members.

NACRO’s strategic objectives for 2018-19 are to:

  • Reduce (Illegal and Unintentional) Dumping and Improve Recycling in Collaboration with Governments

  • Expand Awareness and Influence with Consumers, Councils and Commercials

  • Uphold Sector Integrity for Transparency and Accountability

  • Deliver Member Benefits for Organisational Sustainability

The overarching theme for the year is ‘Year of Collaboration’

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Charitable Recycling in Australia

In Australia the organised collection of donated used clothing and household goods are mainly undertaken by charities. By world standards, it is a sector that is driven by benevolence that sets it apart from the for-profit sector.

Charitable recycling is a system through which thousands of tonnes of donated goods (including a portion of household post consumer waste) are diverted from landfill and redistributed to men, women and children overwhelmed by life’s hardships, or sold to assist in the charitable works of the organisations that have invested in the recycling infrastructure. It is accepted by Australians as a traditional and valuable community service; the practice of donating to a local charity is a cultural norm for Australians. 

Donating your goods

Giving clothes, household bricabrac and furniture in good condition, is a great way of helping out the community.

Whether it is your personal clothes or furniture or items from your workplace, these donations can make a great difference to adults and children facing hard times, by providing much needed items, and by helping raise funds for the charity’s community programs.


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  • Clothing – good quality for the needy or resale
  • Kitchenware & bricabrac
  • Books
  • CD’s and movies
  • Furniture (in good condition)
  • Household goods
  • TV’s and computers
  • Mobile phones

Helping the community

There are more than 2400 charity-operated op shops in Australia

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The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO) is the peak organisation that represents Australia’s charities and charity op shops.