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WA Charitable Recyclers Dumping Reduction Program - Applications Open Now

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The Western Australian Charitable Recyclers Dumping Reduction Program (CRDRP) supports charitable recyclers that divert used items from landfill and recover them for recycling and reuse. The program aims to reduce illegal dumping and littering,…

Tasmania Reveals New Draft Waste Action Plan

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NACRO applauds the Tasmanian Government’s new draft Waste Action Plan. Tasmania’s commitment to move towards a Circular Economy is exciting, with opportunities to scale and accelerate the reuse, recycling, repair and resource recovery activities…

Griffith University wins $347,000 research grant to promote responsible donating

NACRO is delighted to announce that Griffith University have won a $347,000 Australian Research Council Linkage Grant social media grant to promote responsible donating. This is supported with an additional investment by the Department of Environment…

MRA Consulting & Shop for Shops Confirmed as Major Sponsors of 2019 NACRO Conference

Nacro is excited to announce 2 new major sponsors for the upcoming Annual Conference. Day One Sponsor - Recycling/Reuse - MRA Consulting MRA is sponsor of Day One of the Conference. They are one of Australia’s leading environmental Consultancy…

Zero Waste Network Collective Impact Measurement Project to now include Charity Op Shops

NACRO members are the original circular economy experts. We divert waste from landfill, generate funds to support the community, and create thousands of voluntary and paid positions around the country. However, we know very little about…

Victorian Government Commits to Developing a Circular Economy Policy

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NACRO commends the Victorian Government on its commitment to developing a circular economy policy and the release of its Issues Paper for consultation. NACRO is delighted to submit the attached feedback outlining the importance of the charitable…

NSW EPA Releases New Application for Exemption

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The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has released a new application for the Community Service Exemption from the NSW Waste Levy. A downloadable PDF called ‘Community Service Exemption Guidelines – Completing an Application’…

Victorian Circular Economy Paper

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NACRO Incorporating Zero Waste Network has been invited to provide feedback to the Victorian Government’s Circular Economy issues paper released this week. Charitable reuse, recycling and retail organisations are perfectly positioned…

NACRO Integrates Zero Waste Network to Promote Charitable Reuse and Recycling in Australia

Today, NACRO’s offer to integrate and merge the Zero Waste Network’s assets, services and influence into NACRO was formally completed. In announcing the integration, Omer Soker, CEO of NACRO said ‘The combined value proposition…

The Tasmanian Government Releases New Waste Action Plan

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NACRO is looking forward to providing feedback on behalf of the charitable reuse, recycling and retail sector, and working closely with EPA Tasmania. NACRO is pleased to see a commitment to support and accelerate charitable reuse and recycling…

NACRO to Incorporate Zero Waste Network

NACRO’s formal offer to integrate and merge the Zero Waste Network’s assets, members and influence into NACRO has been approved by the ZWN board and ratified by its members with overarching enthusiasm. Both are not-for-profit charitable…

NACRO Annual Conference

Join leaders of the charitable recycling sector for the most important and thought-provoking two days of the year - at the NACRO Annual Conference at the Pullman Albert Park Melbourne on 14-15 October 2019. Take a look at the Conference…

New Waste Levy Waiver for SA

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Following representations to the South Australian Government and collaborative discussions with the EPA and Green Industries, NACRO is delighted that the Hon Rob Lucas, Treasurer of SA, has announced that a 50% reduction on the levy will…

Annual Nacro Conference 2019

Expanding on last year’s theme which saw a fully sold out conference and 100% satisfaction from attending delegates, the NACRO Annual Conference 2019 promises to be even bigger and better.

Deakin University finds a solution to closing the loop for denim

Frontier Materials (IFM) will put a new spin on vintage denim jeans, all in the name of reducing the huge environmental impact in the life cycle of the world’s most popular clothing item...

The Recycling Industry Unites According to ACOR

Australia’s recycling industry is concerned that Sunday’s 60 Minutes program didn’t paint the full picture of Australia’s recycling efforts and didn’t highlight the industry’s contribution of some 50,000 jobs and $15 billion in value,…

NACRO Lobbies Govt to increase reuse & recycling initiatives

NACRO calls on all State Governments to invest just $10 for each tonne of waste charities deal with each year, into three proven interventions to tackle dumping at charities, to increase reuse and recycling initiatives in the charitable recycling…

NACRO launches a new policy position & 3-point plan

NACRO launches a new policy position and 3-point plan to tackle dumping at charities, to increase reuse and recycling in the charitable recycling sector, and to educate consumers on responsible donations. Omer Soker, CEO of NACRO was invited…

Dressed by Vinnies Day

Dressed by Vinnies is held any day that works for your school or organisation but one suggestion is National Dressed by Vinnies day on 26 October. Prior to the event all participants need to visit a local Vinnies shop and purchase any item…

Australian Waste - Time for a New Story

It’s time to start telling a different story about Australia’s waste industry. That the China ban in fact represents the massive incentive our country needs to start looking for solutions. And more and more stakeholders are contributing…

Buy It Back Day

Buy It Back Day (BIBD) is on Saturday 17 November this year as part of National Recycling Week (November 12-18), and encourages people to buy second hand or buy products containing recycled content. Organised by Planet Ark. For more, read…

More Recycling Equals Less Tax

More recycling from NSW households could reduce taxes by up to $250 million per year or some $100 per household, according to the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR). Speaking at the Keep NSW Beautiful “Sustainable Cities Seminar”…

NACRO Strategy and Positioning 2019

NACRO has announced its new strategy with four key objectives, along with a three-tier, data-driven media and engagement positioning strategy. 1). Reduce illegal/unintentional dumping and increase reuse/recycling in collaboration with governments. 2).…

Charities Spending Millions on Waste

Charities in Australia spend $13 million on waste management each year, sending 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations; that have no value and can't be recycled; as waste to landfill every year. On the positive side, charities divert over 500,000…

NACRO on ABC News Breakfast

Omer Soker, CEO of NACRO was invited onto ABC News Breakfast to discuss responsible donations and how Australian consumers can help charities maximise the value of their donations into social welfare programs. Watch the video here.

$1.75 Million Reasons to Donate to Charity

A Canadian man’s sister had told him it was time to sift through his bulging closet and donate unused old clothing to a charity. That's when he stumbled on the $1,750,000 winning lottery ticket, which he had purchased last year. The benefits…

EPA NSW Illegal Dumping Grants

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Illegal dumping grant applications are now open and close on 5pm 30 October 2018. The NSW EPA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from community groups on projects that identify local illegal dumping hotspots and have planned clean-up…

Charity Fraud Awareness Week

This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week (22 October to 26 October), an international initiative designed to raise awareness about fraud in the charity sector, and share best practice solutions in tackling fraud and financial crime. For…

Fake Charity Scams

For Charity Fraud Awareness Week, Scamwatch has revealed that charities are losing out on more than $320,000 in donations due to fake charity scams. Scamwatch is appealing to donors to be wary of fake charities or people impersonating real charities.…

NACRO Conference Delegates 100% Satisfied

All of the delegates who packed out the QT Gold Coast conference facility said they were 100% satisfied with the NACRO Conference. Huge thanks to all the speakers and panellists including Craig Reucassel, Mike Ritchie, Pete Shmigel, Brian Walker,…

Australian Circular Fashion Conference

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference (ACFC) is Australasia’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, ACFC 2019 is a call to action to the industry to implement fashion…

Garage Sale Trail

Garage Sale Trail is Australia's biggest weekend of garage sales, and is happening on October 20 & 21 this year. Over 400,000 Australians will hit the streets that weekend in search of pre-loved bargains.  The event which aims to encourage…

What's Inside My Wardrobe?

What's inside your wardrobe? This fun, fashionable and thought-provoking event is free to everyone interested in how our fashion shopping choices can change the world! A fabulous line up of panelists talk about sustainability and ethical…

October is Buy Nothing New Month

Buy Nothing New Month is the brainchild of Tamara DiMattina, who Fairfax call ‘PR to The Planet’. It started in Melbourne and is spreading to the Netherlands and USA. It's a one month challenge to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials…

The Future of Recyling

The 'Future of Recycling' is the theme for NACRO's Annual Conference, to be held at QT Gold Coast from 15-16 October 2018. The Event Program has been finalised and boasts the best line-up of speakers, sessions, panels and thought-provoking insights…

Op Shop Tips from Elle Magazine

In  abeautifully titled article 'Fashion But Make it Second Hand', Elle Australia presents 10 useful op shopping tips from women who only buy second hand. For tips one to ten, read on.

Yes, Even Supermodels Go Op Shopping

Supermodel Helena Christensen says shops in thrift shops. Female First in the UK have her quoting "I shop at second-hand stores and online. I find much more joy in finding pieces that have been lived-in and are unique". Spread the word. Op shopping…

E-waste Exports Highlight Need for Tighter Controls

Reports that a defunct computer screen dropped at an Australian retailer for recycling was shipped to a junkyard in Thailand have renewed calls for Australia to get serious about e-waste controls, with calls for Australia to support international…

Trash Taxi Services - The App Waste Future

We use our phones to do everything from delivering our favorite late night cravings to tracking our exercise. So why can't we use the technology we engage with on a regular basis to do something good for the planet? Recycle Track Systems works…

Rubbish to Energy in Sweden

Sweden "recycles nearly all of its waste" and in doing so "generates electricity and heating". So should Australia become more like Sweden and make our waste useful? Sweden has banned most landfill and has invested heavily with 34 waste-to-energy…

France Targets 100% Plastics Recycling

Vive La France. France will roll out a series of measures to accelerate President Emmanuel Macron's goal of reaching 100% plastic recycling by 2025. Junior Environment Minister Brune Poirson added "Declaring war on plastic is not enough. We…

Smarter e-Waste Urban Mining

Janet Gunter, co-founder of The Restart Project estimates that 1,000 Titanics’ worth of discarded electronics is dumped in the UK, with much of it extremely toxic if mishandled. In 2017, the United Nations University’s Global E-waste Monitor…

Recycling Denim into Insulation

An American company is in the business of turning blue things into green, and giving new life to jeans. Its an example of effective down cycling, with the former garment not recycled for more fashion use, but to meet commercial demand for insulation…

What to Do with Apparel Too Dirty to Donate

The Council for Textile Recycling in the USA estimates that 10,000 tonnes of textiles, in the form of clothes, shoes, accessories, manchester and accessories ends up in landfill. That's 37kg on average of every person. How to divert these unusable…

EPA NSW Product Improvement Grants

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The EPA NSW's Product Improvement Program is open to applications, with individual grants of $50,000 to $1 million available. The program supports co-investment in infrastructure projects that aim to improve the quality of recycled materials, …

NACRO Conference - Draft Agenda Announced

The leaders of the charitable recycling sector will be on the Gold Coast during 15-16 October, attending the NACRO Annual Conference 2018. Join them – register today. 90% of members said they want to know the Future of Recycling. So that’s…

Vinnies NSW Launches Second Bulk Container Sorting Facility

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Vinnies NSW has launched a second Bulk Container Deposit Centre as part of the state’s container deposit scheme. The Unanderra facility can process up to 100,000 containers per day, and complements existing over-the-counter sites and reverse…

Second-hand really is the New 'New'

Even in the luxury market. The meteoric rise of resale sites such as TrueFacet and Tradesy that provide dedicated environments for buying and selling pre-owned prestige watches and jewellery by offering guarantees of authenticity, has been…

NACRO Invited on WA's Container Deposit Scheme Advisory Board

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The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment has invited NACRO to join Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) Advisory Group. Ro Richardson of the Western Australian Department of Environment Regulation gave NACRO members…

How ThreadUp Can Digitally Disrupt Op Shops

ThredUp is an online retail platform seeking to reinventing second-hand shopping by disintermediating op shops and sending clothes direct to consumers. As Australian op shops look to develop their online offerings, ThredUp needs to be on the…

New Income Opportunities in e-Waste

Forget panning for gold or extracting copper ore. A new study shows that recovering metals from discarded electronics, a process known as urban mining, is far less expensive than mining them the traditional way. In 2016 alone, the world discarded…

Transparent Bins to Bring Clarity to Waste

For most people, once they lift the lid and throw their rubbish in the wheelie bin, their household waste is out of sight, out of mind. Gunther Hoppe, chief executive of the Mindarie Regional Council in Western Australia is hoping to challenge…

What Can Australia Learn from the World's Best and Worst Recyclers?

Germany and Wales have seemingly mastered their waste problem. They could help Australia as it grapples with China's ban on contaminated recyclable material. Having set an ambitious target to achieve zero waste by 2030, Wales could soon overtake…

Time for a Long-term Rethink on Recycling

Emergency measures in response to China's ban on foreign waste, like stockpiling, landfilling or trying to find other international destinations for our recycling are not sustainable long-term solutions. We need a broad debate on a long-term…

ACOR's $150 Million Plan to Fix Recycling

The Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) has laid out a roadmap that starts with harmonising bins nationally ($28M), upgrading sorting centres ($33M), developing more factories to produce paper pulp and plastic pellets ($57M), using raw materials…

Greens $500 Million Industry Blueprint

In the lead up to the Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM), the Greens released an industry blueprint on waste recycling, designed to expand the Australian waste management system to replace the need to export recyclables. The Greens want…

Meeting of Environment Ministers

At the Meeting of Environment Ministers (MEM) on 27 April 2017 the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy and the Environment Minister from each Australian state and territory agreed to:. • Reduce the amount of waste and make…

NACRO Feedback Survey

Have your say about NACRO in this short, easy multiple-choice survey. Your feedback on how we’re performing, what your needs are and what NACRO’s key priorities should be will help inform our strategy for 2018-19. We are developing an ambitious…

Queensland to Reintroduce Waste Levy

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The Queensland Government has confirmed plans to reintroduce a waste levy in a bid to stop interstate waste entering the state. Full details have yet to be released but the Deputy Premier Jackie Trad has suggested that it may likely be around…

Farewell and welcome NACRO's new CEO

After nine years, my team and I are stepping down from managing the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations. It has been an honour to serve the association and a privilege to work with a wonderful series of Chairs, namely…

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…

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

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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…

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

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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…
SCR recycling hub

Southern Cross Recycling Group is launching new services

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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…

Calls to reintroduce the landfill levy in QLD

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Michigan’s Attorney General sues commercial donation collector

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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…

The way we produce, use, and reprocess clothing today is inherently wasteful, and current rising …

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s new report “A new textiles economy: Redesigning fashion's future´ confirms members’ views that the steady production growth in fast fashion is intrinsically linked to a decline in utilisation per item,…