In 2017, we collected over 35,000 kilograms of unwanted items per day, amounting to over 12.8 million kilograms for the year. The impact of this is more than just environmental: we were able to record significant social benefit via sustainable funding and job creation for partner charities and social enterprises. 70% of what we collected was reused in local and global markets where they were needed the most. 15% of what we collected was broken down for recycling (i.e. turned into wiper rags). The remaining 15% of what we collected that wasn’t fit for reuse or recycling was converted into biofuels, which is a more environmentally friendly alternative to coal. This means 100% of what we collected from our clothing drop-off hubs was diverted from landfill.
Tackling youth disadvantage, one t-shirt at a time
We help disadvantaged youth through our clothing collection programs.
In Australia today, more than 2,000 young people are homeless, and more than 10,000 have been caught up in crime. Not-for-profit, Whitelion, helps get these young people off the streets, out of jail and into a job.
SCR works with Whitelion to provide jobs for at-risk youth, giving them a chance to enjoy the self-esteem that comes with having paid work. SCR makes donations to Whitelion for the clothes and household items people donate to a selection of hubs, carrying the charity’s brand.
“SCR stays committed to sustainability – no matter what – even though as a business they have to make money. They help their charity partners, and work hard to maintain their connection to community partners,” said Whitelion CEO, Mark Watt.
Jobs people love, and may never otherwise have had
We partner with Australian Disability Enterprises to give people with disabilities the opportunity to be a part of the Australian workforce.
Grant Rowan, 57, loves his job. But he knows it’s a chance to work that about half of people with a disability may never enjoy. Grant works for an Australian disability enterprise, Oriel Services, which employs people with an intellectual disability. SCR contracts the not-for-profit to manage up-keep of 12 clothing drop-off hubs located at busy train stations across Melbourne’s northern suburbs.
“I look forward to coming to work every day,” Grant said.
“I enjoy knowing I’m helping the environment, and other people less fortunate than me. It has improved my quality of life,” he said.
Growing developing economies
Our Australian owned partner facility in Malaysia, provides ethical employment to locals living in impoverished conditions, giving them and their families the chance to live a better life.
The financial freedom from a secure wage is not something Nurintan Jamil, 47, takes for granted. She started working in SCR’s Australian-owned sorting facility in Malaysia when it opened in 2011. Her job is to check the quality of the clothing and homewares SCR collects, and sort what can be reused from what can’t.
Nurintan could previously only find contract work, so her income would go up and down. The guaranteed, salaried, role she has now, means she can budget and save.
There is a lot she enjoys about her work: the friendships with colleagues; the provision of fresh, clean drinking water; the microwaves to heat-up food; and the clean environment.
“It’s been very fulfilling to watch the company grow, over the past five years: seeing more clothes coming in, and more jobless people being given work,” Nurintan said.
“It makes me very happy.”
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