Where to Donate Unwanted or Old Clothing

Textile recycling activities have the primary benefit of allowing old and discarded clothes to be reused. By reusing clothes, we can avoid waste and energy-intensive processing of new clothing. Furthermore, knowing that your clothes are going to a good cause makes it much easier to declutter your closet.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that the average citizen sends 23 kilograms of textiles to landfills per year. Fortunately, Sydney is among the country’s donation hubs for clothing and other household products.

The recycling of old clothes has lowered solid waste as more cities become conscious of high volume waste sources. Consumption and waste of textiles, on the other hand, continue to be a difficult issue today.

With the aid of clothing recycling and other drop-off points, old clothing is diverted from landfills. Here’s what you can do to donate your old and unwanted clothing.

Clothing Donation Bin Locations and Organisations

Hundreds of clothing donation bins can be found in Sydney and the greater metro area. However, donating old and ruined clothing to a charity is still not the ideal solution to the issue. 

Before you recycle your worn-out or damaged clothing, make sure that these organisations will be able to put them to good use. This is due to the fact that certain organisations have been given unsuitable used clothing. These unworthy items cost these organisations up to $13 million in transportation costs to the landfill. 

These are the places where you can donate your good-condition used clothes or textiles.

  • Bondi
  • Potts Point
  • Redcliffe
  • Blacktown
  • Penrith
  • Wetherill Park
  • Parramatta

Here are some of Sydney’s well-known charitable organisations to which you can donate your worthy used items.

  • Vinnies
  • Red Cross
  • SCR Group
  • Salvation Army
  • Smith Group

Worn, Damaged and Unsaleable Textiles or Clothing

Fortunately, there are many broad and well-established charitable organisations that will accept your donations. For example, clothing retailers such as H&M and Zara have reuse and recycle clothing or textile collection program.

If you have any other worn-out, damaged or used textiles, you can donate them to one of the organisations mentioned below.

  • Sheridan – accepts used quilt covers, sheets and towels.
  • Animal Shelter – beddings are essential items to keep animals warm. Before you go out and donate your things, make sure to coordinate with your local animal shelter.
  • Mechanics – inquire with your local mechanic about donating used textiles for use as rags.

Local Community

Some organisations don’t accept some of our old and used textiles or clothes. However, check your local Facebook group and see if anyone needs your used items. You’ll be surprised at how others can repurpose your old and used textiles. 

Also, if you know of any charity donation bins or organisations in your area, let us know so we can add them to our list.

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