What we accept at our clothing drop-off hubs:
Through our clothing drop-off hubs located at over 800 locations nationally, we’ve helped more than 2 million Australian’s responsibly dispose of things they no longer need.
Here’s a list of items we accept, and we kindly ask for them to be in clean and reusable conditions.
What we don’t accept at our clothing drop-off hubs:
We can only accept items that can fit inside our drop-off hubs. Anything left beside the hubs, even if you’re trying to do the right thing, is considered illegal dumping. It looks messy, poses a safety hazard to the public and attracts scavengers that scrummage through your valuable contributions and steal what should be going to people who need it most.
Here’s a list of items we don’t accept, but check out our Recycling Directory for other places you can go to reuse and recycle them. You can also check with your local council to see what programs they are offering to their residents.
SCR Group’s toy collections being distributed in Asia, to kids who really need them.
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Where Does Everything Go?
We give some of what we collect to charities and op shops in Australia.
About 5% of what we collect meets quallity standards to be resold here in Australia. These clothes and homewares are provided to people of limited means, or sold to provide a source of income for charities and other not-for-profit organisations.
The rest goes to our overseas partner for sorting and global distribution.
Whatever can’t be used in Australia is sent to our Australian owned partner facility in Malaysia for sorting and global distribution, keeping these items out of Australian landfill. SCR Group has identified markets all over the globe where there is a demand for the items we no longer want or are resaleable in Australia. For example, there is a demand for single shoes in the Middle East.
Whatever can’t be reused is either sent for recycling or converted into energy in a nearby celement kiln. Reuse is the most environmentally friendly and socially beneficial avenue in the waste hierarchy as it uses the least amount of natural resources and supports a circular economy. We are able to reuse 60% of our total collections, recycling 30% and converting 30% into energy.
As a result of our operations overseas, we are able to support an additional 300 jobs in third-world countries, helping developing economies and providing opportunities to communities living in less fortunate circumstances earn sustainable incomes. Our partner facility provides safe and ethical working conditions and, such as prayer rooms.
People in countries as diverse as Eastern Europe and Asia get the things they need.
What’s reusable goes to countries where low-cost clothing is in demand, enabling accessibility to essential everyday items to global communities who need them the most.
Employees at our Australian owned partner facility in Malaysia.
Find Your Nearest Drop-off Hub
You can search here for one of our 1,200 hubs across Australia. And we are growing! So if we don’t have a drop-off hub near you yet, please check back soon.