Charitable recycling organisations in Australia are helping to keep textile waste from landfill

Last Modified: Tue Jan 17 2017 19:46:50 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 530,000 tonnes
    of clothing and other donated items diverted from landfill by Australian charity op shops in 2015-16.
  • 2,400
    + charity op shops exist across Australia. They are a vital source of funding for the charities’ community support programs. Charity op shops are the oldest recycling industry in Australia, tracing their beginnings to World War I fundraising for the Red Cross and returned soldier welfare programs
  • 76,000
    + Australians volunteer their time to support charity op shops
  • 15%
    Meagre percentage of donated clothing is actually sold again locally in opportunity shops.
  • 50%
    of all donated clothing are exported into the second-hand clothing trade to UAE, Pakistan and Malaysia.
  • 35%
    The remaining percentage of clothes are used as industrial rags, or sent to landfill. (15% - industrial rags, 20% - landfill).