ACT Government Closes All Charity Clothing Bins

ACT has made an unprecedented move across the state to cease operations of all clothing bins located on public land throughout Canberra.

The Minister of City Services, Chris Steel, made the recent announcement in early April 2020 following the vast rush of clothe donations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It comes after many charities throughout Canberra faced dire challenges with hundreds of anonymous donators dumping their clothes and other home wares outside closed stores and overflowing charity bins.

Christ Steel announces closure of ACT clothing bins

With many charities in the ACT forced to close, similar to thrift stores accepting clothing donations in Melbourne, either on their own accord or following a notice from the government, these clothing donations have only become a burden to their operations.

With thrift stores closed, and social distancing in place throughout Australia – it’s been almost impossible to put these donated clothes to good use. The only recourse the charities have during this period is to haul the donated items off landfill.

*Charity bins will be removed across the ACT from today*

With the support of charity bin operators, the Government has…

Posted by Chris Steel MLA on Thursday, April 2, 2020

Although the move comes as a disappointment to many locals seeking to donate clothes, the Minister mentioned it must be done in order to continue the fantastic work charities are doing throughout the ACT.

I am urging all Canberrans to please stop taking items to charity bins from now. We have already started the process of removing the remaining ones from locations around Canberra and will continue to do so in the coming days and weeks.

It’s a sad day for clothing bins in Canberra.

With that being said, the Minister also mentioned that the ACT government would continue to collaborate with the charities for their recycling and re-use programs to continue in the future.

I thank Canberrans for their understanding this disruption to the recycling industry as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic together.

If you’re in Canberra and still have many clothes or other items you wish to donate – you may wish to head to Sydney once social distancing eases. There are still hundreds of clothing bins in Sydney operated by charities that would be more than happy to put your old items to good use.