Dressed by Vinnies is held any day that works for your school or organisation but one suggestion is National Dressed by Vinnies day on 26 October.

Prior to the event all participants need to visit a local Vinnies shop and purchase any item to wear on the free dress day. They will then be Dressed by Vinnies!

Buy a pre-loved hat, necklace, t-shirt, dress, jacket, shirt, scarf and have fun!
Note: The idea is to raise awareness whilst having fun and not to actually attempt to dress as a homeless person.

Buy It Back Day (BIBD) is on Saturday 17 November this year as part of National Recycling Week (November 12-18), and encourages people to buy second hand or buy products containing recycled content. Organised by Planet Ark.

For more, read on.

More recycling from NSW households could reduce taxes by up to $250 million per year or some $100 per
household, according to the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR).

Speaking at the Keep NSW Beautiful “Sustainable Cities Seminar” and at the NACRO Annual Conference, ACOR CEO Pete Shmigel said recovering more household material for recycling meant less going to landfill where it can be charged up to $140 per tonne by the NSW Government waste levy.

For more, read on.

NACRO has announced its new strategy with four key objectives, along with a three-tier, data-driven media and engagement positioning strategy.

1). Reduce illegal/unintentional dumping and increase reuse/recycling in collaboration with governments.

2). Expand influence with consumers, councils and commercials.

3). Uphold sector integrity for transparency and accountability.

4). Deliver member benefits for organisational sustainability.

For more, read on.

Charities in Australia spend $13 million on waste management each year, sending 60,000 tonnes of unusable donations; that have no value and can’t be recycled; as waste to landfill every year. On the positive side, charities divert over 500,000 tonnes of waste away from landfill every year by their reuse and recycling programs, with Australians generous donating over 285 million products to charities, giving them a second life – and generating over $500 million in revenue towards social welfare programs for Australia’s most disadvantaged.

For more, watch the news report here.

Omer Soker, CEO of NACRO was invited onto ABC News Breakfast to discuss responsible donations and how Australian consumers can help charities maximise the value of their donations into social welfare programs.

Watch the video here.

A Canadian man’s sister had told him it was time to sift through his bulging closet and donate unused old clothing to a charity. That’s when he stumbled on the $1,750,000 winning lottery ticket, which he had purchased last year. The benefits of clearing out old closets and donating to charity!

For more, read on.

Illegal dumping grant applications are now open and close on 5pm 30 October 2018. The NSW EPA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from community groups on projects that identify local illegal dumping hotspots and have planned clean-up and prevention action. This is the sixth of eight funding rounds under the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program, with $500,000 available in funding, and will favour projects that focus on an integrated approach to prevent illegal dumping in their area and reduce illegal dumping by 30% at dumping hotspots.

For more, read on.

This week is Charity Fraud Awareness Week (22 October to 26 October), an international initiative designed to raise awareness about fraud in the charity sector, and share best practice solutions in tackling fraud and financial crime.

For more, click here.

The Australian Circular Fashion Conference (ACFC) is Australasia’s leading business event on sustainability in fashion. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, ACFC 2019 is a call to action to the industry to implement fashion sustainability within 5-10 years, targeted at over 500 business leaders.

For more on ACFC or to register, read on.

Garage Sale Trail is Australia’s biggest weekend of garage sales, and is happening on October 20 & 21 this year. Over 400,000 Australians will hit the streets that weekend in search of pre-loved bargains.  The event which aims to encourage Australians to choose pre-loved whether through an op shop or garage sale aims to save over 4 million kilograms from landfill each year.

To register your Op Shop on the Trail read on.

What’s inside your wardrobe?

This fun, fashionable and thought-provoking event is free to everyone interested in how our fashion shopping choices can change the world! A fabulous line up of panelists talk about sustainability and ethical practices in the fashion industry and how op-shopping fits into our every day fashion choices. Its a precursor to National Op Shop Week and commences at 6pm on Thursday 20 September in the Sydney CBD.

For more, and to RSVP, please read on.



Buy Nothing New Month is the brainchild of Tamara DiMattina, who Fairfax call ‘PR to The Planet’. It started in Melbourne and is spreading to the Netherlands and USA. It’s a one month challenge to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicines). It’s literally about taking one month off to really think, “Do I really need it?” If I do, “can I get it second-hand, borrow it or rent it? What are my alternatives? Can I borrow from a friend? Can I swap with my neighbour?”

To buy nothing new in October, read on.

The ‘Future of Recycling’ is the theme for NACRO’s Annual Conference, to be held at QT Gold Coast from 15-16 October 2018. The Event Program has been finalised and boasts the best line-up of speakers, sessions, panels and thought-provoking insights ever compiled for a NACRO Conference. More delegates than ever before have already registered and the event is nearing full capacity for the venue.

Check out the Event Program or register today on the NACRO website.

In  abeautifully titled article ‘Fashion But Make it Second Hand’, Elle Australia presents 10 useful op shopping tips from women who only buy second hand.

For tips one to ten, read on.

Supermodel Helena Christensen says shops in thrift shops. Female First in the UK have her quoting “I shop at second-hand stores and online. I find much more joy in finding pieces that have been lived-in and are unique”. Spread the word. Op shopping truly does inspire joy, with pieces that are unique and have been lived in. And hats off to Helena Christensen for telling it like it is.

For more tips and suggestions, read on and try on at your local op shop.

Reports that a defunct computer screen dropped at an Australian retailer for recycling was shipped to a junkyard in Thailand have renewed calls for Australia to get serious about e-waste controls, with calls for Australia to support international ban on such exports. Under current laws any such waste should have been sent to an approved recycler which recycles e-waste safely to avoid serious toxic effects on humans and the environment.

For more from the Basel Action Network, read on.

We use our phones to do everything from delivering our favorite late night cravings to tracking our exercise. So why can’t we use the technology we engage with on a regular basis to do something good for the planet? Recycle Track Systems works like a typical App and gives users the ability to schedule on-demand pick-ups for larger items like furniture, along with offering regularly scheduled pickups as well for trash, recycling, and compost.

For more on what’s been dubbed ‘Uber for Trash’, read on.

Sweden “recycles nearly all of its waste” and in doing so “generates electricity and heating”. So should Australia become more like Sweden and make our waste useful? Sweden has banned most landfill and has invested heavily with 34 waste-to-energy plants currently operating, with their first built in the 1940s! With half the waste in Sweden recycled and 49% of it burnt, that’s a 99% recycling rate.

To be inspired by the Swedish way, read on.


Vive La France. France will roll out a series of measures to accelerate President Emmanuel Macron’s goal of reaching 100% plastic recycling by 2025. Junior Environment Minister Brune Poirson added “Declaring war on plastic is not enough. We need to transform the French economy.” Economic transformation and encouraging consumers to recycle is the key.

For more on how they plan to do it, read on.


Janet Gunter, co-founder of The Restart Project estimates that 1,000 Titanics’ worth of discarded electronics is dumped in the UK, with much of it extremely toxic if mishandled. In 2017, the United Nations University’s Global E-waste Monitor predicted global e-waste would hit 50 million tonnes this year — three million tonnes of it being small objects such as mobile phones. These discarded objects are also a rich source of metals, with an average smartphone containing 24mg of gold worth around $30.

For smarter e-waste urban mining, read on.

An American company is in the business of turning blue things into green, and giving new life to jeans. Its an example of effective down cycling, with the former garment not recycled for more fashion use, but to meet commercial demand for insulation for homes and office buildings and fibre for bedding. Ultimately, the success of innovative recycling strategies lies in finding new markets in new sectors.

For more on jeans to green, read on.

The Council for Textile Recycling in the USA estimates that 10,000 tonnes of textiles, in the form of clothes, shoes, accessories, manchester and accessories ends up in landfill. That’s 37kg on average of every person. How to divert these unusable donations from landfill and create new opportunities for recycling or down cycling is a key topic for all charitable recyclers including Australia where NACRO is facilitating conversations from innovative thinkers, some of whom are speaking at the NACRO Annual Conference on the Gold Coast.

For more from the US, read on.

Even in the luxury market. The meteoric rise of resale sites such as TrueFacet and Tradesy that provide dedicated environments for buying and selling pre-owned prestige watches and jewellery by offering guarantees of authenticity, has been achieved through best-in-class Search engine Optimisation (SEO). For example, TrueFacet mentions “Tiffany” 121 times on its Tiffany gallery page and over 50 times on each Tiffany product page, far more mentions than the actual tiffany.com brand site itself.

Where is this market headed? Daily Insights share a perspective.

The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment has invited NACRO to join Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) Advisory Group. Ro Richardson of the Western Australian Department of Environment Regulation gave NACRO members a thorough brief on the CDS opportunities for charitable recyclers, during the WA NACRO Members Meeting on 7 May 2018.

For more on the scheme, contact NACRO directly or click on the department’s website.

Have your say about NACRO in this short, easy multiple-choice survey. Your feedback on how we’re performing, what your needs are and what NACRO’s key priorities should be will help inform our strategy for 2018-19. We are developing an ambitious new strategic plan, but we need your input. Together we can achieve so much more, so we would love to hear from all stakeholders in charitable recycling. Click for survey.