About NACRO

Every day and in every State of Australia charities assist tens of thousands of people through home visitation, migrant and refugee assistance, hospital and health services, prison visitation, aged care services, supported employment services for people with an intellectual disability, education for disadvantaged children, welfare assistance, hostels for the homeless, overseas relief, disaster recovery, budget counselling and youth programs and suicide prevention counselling.

We feed and clothe Australian men, women and children overwhelmed by life’s hardships. A significant number of these community programs are funded by the income derived from clothing recycling collection bins. Programs, that if not funded from these income sources, would require public funding through State and Federal tax and Local Government Association rate sources.

The business of NACRO members is to generate social capital through recycling activities to fund community programs. Indeed, millions of individuals benefit from the products, operations, and programs that are delivered to the community as a result of the funds generated from NACRO members‚recycling operations.

NACRO members range from the largest national charities to individual shops that collectively run thousands of shops around Australia. Donations of first and second hand goods can be made by depositing into charity bins, thousands of which are located across Australia, and/or drop-offs directly to charity shops.

NACRO advocates educating the community to donate goods responsibly to provide maximum profits for social welfare with minimum cost to the environment. It represents its members at a local, state and national level, when legislation affecting this industry is being drafted or reviewed.

There is no doubt that without the recycling activities of the charitable recycling organisations (the proceeds from which fund welfare programs), Australia’s state and federal governments would have significantly higher social costs in addition to a massive increase in volume of landfill, the management of which would be funded through increased taxes and a large and costly bureaucracy.

The registered objects of the association are as follows:

  • To be the peak organisation for charitable recycling organisations in Australia
  • To assist each member to provide maximum financial support from recycling operations for its charitable purposes
  • To facilitate the activities of each State Council to attain the objects of the Association
  • To enlist and encourage co-operation and support from the Federal Government; industries, corporations, trade unions and the community for the recycling operations of members and to assist State Councils in their contacts with state and local governments
  • To promote the research and development of recycling operations and to facilitate the exchange of information, experiences and advice between members
  • To monitor and inform members of legal or political matters relating to the recycling operations of members.

NACRO is governed by a National Executive. Many issues are dictated by state legislation and thus specific state issues are managed by State Councils, details for which can be seen on the state chapter pages of this site.