Consumer polling conducted by Crosby Textor shows that 89% of people support governments taking more action to create a sustainable recycling industry. An ACOR spokesman said its time to transform recycling with a plan that invests in infrastructure, improvements and innovation.

Public support for Government funding to create a sustainable future with a robust recycling sector is high. They have seen the danger in not acting. They can see the opportunities for sustainability. Its time to invest in our futures.

Read the ACOR/Crosby Textor polling results here.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in WA has advised that applications are now open for the charitable recyclers dumping reduction program. The program is open to charities that are members of NACRO in WA. In 2017-18, funding of $50,000 is available to eligible organisations. The link to the website for full eligibility details is provided here.

The NSW Government is committed to reducing all types of illegal dumping across the state by 30% by 2020. This includes the illegal dumping on charities. The strategy has six approaches: Building an evidence base, stakeholder engagement and capacity building, education and awareness, prevention and infrastructure, regulation and enforcement, and evaluation and monitoring.

View the report here.

ABS data in 2016-17 showed Australian exports of “worn clothing and other worn textile articles” was 93,502,966 kilos. Direct exports from charities accounted for two thirds. Commercial recyclers share of this market is growing. Data can be found at this link.

The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. The project was conducted at the MIT Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The site shows that used Clothing is the 521st most traded product and the 860th most complex product according to the Product Complexity Index (PCI).

It has a comprehensive treemap that shows the share of countries that export Used Clothing. Anyone interested should follow these links.

Note: The Economic Complexity Observatory: is an analytical tool for understanding the dynamics of economic development.