As you can see from the above map of all the charity and donation bins in Melbourne, there are hundreds around the city, ensuring you'll be able to donate your clothes and other household goods without having to travel to far from your home.
There are more than a few scattered throughout the Melbourne CBD and the inner-city suburbs such as Collingwood, St Kilda, Abbotsford, Richmond, Brunswick, Footscray, and North Melbourne. With that being said, if you’re further out in areas such as Dandenong, Box Hill, Coburg, Essendon, Sunshine, Brighton, or even Frankston, you’ll be happy to know there’ll always be a charity bin near you.
Together, there are a handful of charitable and commercial organisation that operate and manage the donation bins as well as shops with accept donated goods and sell them as well. Some of the larger organisations include the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Vinnies (also known as the St Vincent De Paul Society), and the SCRGroup. If you’d like to donate your goods so a specific organisation, you can filter the search results of the charity bins using the options above the map.
Please do not donate very old and unwearable clothes into charity bins. It’s costing up to $13 million per year for charitable organisations to send unusable donated clothes to landfill. Some report this expense can contribute up to 30% of their total costs each year. Just imagine how much more efficient donation bins would be if we all spent a little more time considering what we’re donating.
To help the effort, we’ve put together a little guide on what kind of clothes and other goods are suitable to be donated into the charity bin down the road from you. You can have a read of it here.