Sydney is one of the largest hubs in Australia for donating your clothes and other household items. Having the largest population in the country, it also has the highest number of charitable organisations willing to accept your donated clothes, which is fantastic for everyone involved.
Throughout Sydney and the greater metropolitan area, you'll find hundreds and hundreds of clothing donation bins as well as retail store locations operated by charities who you can donate to directly. You'll be able to find these locations in the Sydney CBD, and suburbs such as Bondi, Potts Point, Redcliff, Blacktown, Penrith, Wetherill Park, and Parramatta. With nearly all of Sydney's suburbs covered in the map, you'll be pleased to know there'll also be a charity bin near you.
Some of the largest charitable organisations in Sydney include Vinnies, Red Cross, the SCR Group, Salvation Army, and the Smith Group - all well established places to donate your clothes and homewares to. Most of the organisations treat your donated goods in a similar way to each other, but if you'd like to know more specifics, feel free to do a little bit more research before donating.
Keep in mind before you go ahead and donate your goods into a charity bin, that the organisation who manages the bin is able to put your goods to good use. It's become quite a nuisance for many of these organisations in Australia having to deal with donated goods which have been incorrectly donated or unworthy to be passed on to someone in need. In fact, it's costing these organisations up to $13 million each year to bring unusable goods to landfill. If we all paid a little more attention to what we're donating, that money could be far better used.
All in all, good on you for wanting to pass your clothes on to someone else rather than just throwing it in the trash, but make sure someone else would be happy to receive it themselves. Happy donating!
If you know of a charity bin near you in Sydney or a second hand retail store which accepts donations, let us know and we'll add it to the map above.