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Charitable recycling is a benevolent function, the purpose of which is to clothe those without and to raise money for charitable programs. Scroll down for news on the sector.

  • Salvos link dropping donations to social media

    Chief Executive of Salvos Stores, Matt Davis, said in a recent interview that the stark drop in donations — especially second-hand furniture — due to platforms such as Facebook and Gumtree is of concern. “Over the past 18 months we’ve really begun noticing a drop in donations. We think the timing of Facebook Marketplace, Buy...

    31st January, 2018

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  • Over 4,700 Collection Bins across New York to disclose purpose

    New York State Attorney General recently announced that over 4,700 donation collection bins throughout New York now disclose whether clothing or other items deposited in those bins are used for charitable or for-profit purposes in compliance with a new state law that imposes strict regulations on the placement, maintenance, and transparency of collection bins across...

    25th January, 2018

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  • Eastern European modern-day slaves collecting donated clothing, UK police believe.

    Northumbria Police  and several UK newspapers have reported an arrested of six people after a number of dawn raids as part of an investigation into Modern Day Slavery in Newcastle – with potential victims believed to have been collecting charity bags. An investigation was launched last year after Northumbria Police received intelligence about a suspected...

    25th January, 2018

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  • SCR recycling hub

    Southern Cross Recycling Group is launching new services

    SCRgroup is launching a number of new services in 2018, including a home pick-up service; and clothing and electrical “Drop-Off Hubs”. Residents of Maribyrnong City Council now have access to 18 clothing and electrical drop-off hubs to dispose of unwanted textile and electrical items at six sites across the municipality. See the Maribyrnong City Council...

    25th January, 2018

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  • Calls to reintroduce the landfill levy in QLD

    The Queensland Member for Ipswich West, Jim Madden recently proposed the reintroduction of the landfill levy as a solution to reducing the level of dumping in Ipswich. Sadly the good Mr Madden has not linked the dots between increased levies and dumping on charities. Read the article at this link. After four months the report...

    25th January, 2018

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  • New NACRO website launched

    We’re excited to announce that our new and refreshed NACRO website is live after months of development. There’s a whole host of material, facts and figures, all to enhance the experience of the finding more about charitable recycling.The site even features an Op Shop locator. When we started the project we had big ideas to...

    25th January, 2018

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  • Festive Season dumping

    Sadly, the festive time of the year is reliably the worst for shameful behaviour by a select few who dump on charities. This year was no different. Members used social and traditional media to call for responsible donating. The media used strong terms such as “lazy idiots” but still the deluge continued. Following are some...

    24th January, 2018

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  • NACRO VIC calls for disclosure laws for commercial recycling

    In a recent article published and syndicated by the Herald Sun, NACRO criticized the diversion of charitable goods and services to private companies as a waste of resources. In response to the proliferation of donations away from benevolent organisation, much of which is being enabled by local councils, NACRO forewarned a call on the State...

    23rd January, 2018

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  • The Annual NACRO Conference

    This flagship annual event for charitable recyclers brings together delegates from all over Australia to hear presentations from knowledgeable and influential speakers on themes that affect the business of charitable recycling. Importantly, the NACRO annual conference is a forum to present more efficient ways to raise funds for charities and to better assist members perform...

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  • UK charity retail growth

    The latest Quarterly Market Analysis Report (July to September 2017) published by the UK Charity Retail Association in early December 2017, saw strong sales indicators, including a 5.7 per cent like for like income growth. Plus 80 per cent of the report respondents saw positive growth in donated goods sales. Additionally, between Q3 2016 and Q3 2017,...

    6th December, 2017

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  • Blockchain – fundraising of the future

    The blockchain community launched a Philanthropy Foundation in September 2017, to promote the use of Blockchain technology in the not-for-profit sector to generate income.  The Foundation’s mission includes “building a new revenue stream for charities by providing a Blockchain-powered technology platform, as well as tools, training and support”. The Harvard Business Review defines blockchain as the technology at the...

    6th December, 2017

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  • Michigan’s Attorney General sues commercial donation collector

    Michigan’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against ATRS, a Texas-headquartered company that owns and operates 251 clothing donation bins in the state, for deceptively operating the collection bins. The bins state that the Michigan Humane Society “receives 100% of the market value of every donation received at this location.” However, by contract, ATRS pays the Michigan...

    6th December, 2017

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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.