Policy

Click on link to access reports and submissions

NACRO Code of Practice for the operation of clothing donation bins

NACRO submission to the National Waste Report 2013

NACRO Media Release: Commercial operation exposed by Fairfax journalist

A statistical Study of Worn Clothing Exports (2008-2012)

E-Waste: Submission to the Enquiry into the Product Stewardship Bill – April 2011

ACCC Media Release: Commercial Recycler makes clear it is not a charity – Dec 2010

Waste: Submission to the QLD Waste Policy Enquiry – Aug 2010

Report: Victorian Charitable Recycling Industry Waste Impacts Study: 2008/09 – May 2010

Waste: Submission to the National Waste Policy Enquiry – May 2009

Sources of Textile Waste in Australia – March 2009 final

Clothing Donation Bins

Members of NACRO believe that a prominently located recycling collection bin is currently the most effective method of collecting clothing donations for distribution to those in need and resale through their op shops to raise funds for their community programs.  

NACRO members have adopted a Code of Practice to ensure that donation bins remain a convenient service for residents to donate to their charity of choice and in turn keep recyclable items from landfill.

In August 2013, NACRO wrote to all local governments across Australia asking them to review and adopt a policy that supports clothing donation bins operated by NACRO members on council managed land.

Resources for councils, including a brochure outlining the issues, the Code of Practice and sample policies adopted by councils are provided at this link.

National Waste Policy

National Waste Report 2013

In 2013, NACRO was approached by the National Waste Reporting Team within the federal Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. The team has responsibility for preparing the National Waste Report for 2013. An update of the National Waste Report  2010, the team wanted to include a section on Charitable Recycling.

NACRO’s submission provides a comprehensive overview of the sector, our role in the community and some of the issues that we have to contend with, including illegal dumping and commercial clothing collectors.

NACRO, on behalf of its members, contributed to the shaping of this national policy via a detailed submission which provided feedback on a number of issues. A copy of this submission can be found here: Waste Submission to the National Waste Policy Enquiry May 2009

Victorian Landfill Levy Relief Program 3

Illegal dumping is a persistent problem in Victoria, imposing significant costs on those affected. In recent years, charitable organisations have experienced increasing waste management costs as the result of illegal dumping at charitable recycling sites across the state.

The Victorian Government is providing financial relief, via the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations (NACRO), to charities impacted by illegal dumping, to both reduce dumping and assist charities with waste management costs.

The Victorian government approved a landfill levy relief program–3. It is available to legitimate Victorian Charitable Recyclers and will run from 1st July 2015 until 30th June 2018.

How to lodge a claim

Click here for more information on how to lodge a claim  and to download the claim forms for the 2015-18 program.

Sources of Textile Waste in Australia

The Technical Textiles & Nonwoven Association has produced a discussion paper on “Sources of Textile Waste in Australia” that outlines the issues, questions and scope of the problems of textile waste, while providing insight into the potential economic and environmental benefits that re-use of textile waste as a resource may offer.

The report concludes that the business of regenerating pre-consumer and post-consumer waste in Australia is promising, with the potential to found a new industry and green jobs whilst simultaneously mitigating landfill and providing green inputs to external industries such as the automotive industry.

A copy of TTNA’s report on Sources of Textile Waste can be Found Here: Report Sources of Textile Waste in Australia