Policies & Projects

CURRENT PROJECTS:

Impact Measurement:

Charitable Recycling Australia commissioned independent market researchers MRA Consulting Group to measure the triple-bottom line impact of the charitable reuse and recycling network.

The results in the report were determined through a comparison of a tonne of clothing in Australia going to landfill versus a tonne of clothing being collected through a Charitable Reuse and Recycling Sector Enterprise.

Detailed data was collected from 27 Charitable Reuse and Recycling Sector Enterprises, representing 54% of charity shops in Australia.

Designing a National Textiles Reuse Policy:

Charitable Recycling Australia advocates for a National Textiles Reuse Policy. Clothing textiles represent a valuable resource in Australia’s economy, but the vast majority is generated outside of the charitable reuse and recycling sector and subsequently ends up in landfill.

The National Waste Report 2017-18 highlights that Australia has very low resource recovery rates of just 12%. This is in stark contrast to the textile recovery rates achieved by charitable reuse and recycling enterprises, which hover between 80% – 90%.

With the fashion industry beginning to embrace sustainable solutions and consumers starting to demand that brands and retailers consider environmental impacts, we believe our governments could act decisively to get more textiles out of landfill, extend the life cycles of textile products and design these goods with circularity principles top of mind.

Specifically, we advocate for a multi-sector collaboration between commercial textile manufacturers, fashion brands and clothing retailers, charitable reuse and recycling enterprises and state governments.

The focus of this collaboration will be designing a National Textiles Reuse Policy that articulates strategies for:

  • diverting textile waste from landfill
  • promoting reuse and encouraging consumers to donate to and shop at charity and social enterprise retailers
  • exploring commercially viable recycling technology, offshore processing and the use of renewable fibres in garment design

*Note: This submission was written prior to the rebrand of Charitable Recycling Australia. As a result, we are referred to as The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations throughout. Additionally, new data has emerged since this position was published, showing that illegal dumping and unusable donations result in 80, 000 tonnes being sent to landfill every year.

Illegal Dumping Policy Position:

Australian charity and social enterprise retailers are forced to send over 80,000 tonnes of unusable donations to landfill every year, primarily due to illegal dumping and unusable donations.

Not only does this increase waste and result in lower rates of resource recovery and reuse, but it means that these retailers are forced to spend $18 million on waste management and disposal every year, via waste contractor fees and site clean-up costs.

We believe there is significant opportunity for the State and Federal governments to offset the impacts of illegal dumping and provide a foundation of support for charitable reuse and recycling enterprises.

*Note: This policy position was written prior to the rebrand of Charitable Recycling Australia. As a result, we are referred to as The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations throughout. Additionally, new data has emerged since this position was published, showing that illegal dumping and unusable donations result in 80,000 tonnes being sent to landfill every year.

Weight Based Billing:

Traditionally, Australian waste collectors charge their customers based on bin size and volume of waste, which is referred to as lift-based billing. Under this system, there is no price incentive to reduce waste because the fee per ‘bin lift’ is the same whether said bin is empty, half-full or full.

Alternatively, weight-based billing charges customers based on the weight of waste, which offers an incentive to modify waste generation and recycling behaviours. It allows customers more transparency in terms of their waste generation and management costs, with more accurate and substantial data that can inform business and sustainability reporting.

Charitable Recycling Australia is currently organising a weight-based billing tender in NSW, designed to save our member enterprises money and provide more billing transparency and accountability.

*Note: This summary paper was written prior to the rebrand of Charitable Recycling Australia. As a result, we are referred to as The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations throughout.

POLICIES:

Donation Bin Policy:

Charitable Recycling Australia’s member enterprises operate many of the donation bins around Australia. These bins are an important way for communities to directly support charitable causes, while also diverting materials from landfill and giving them a second life.

The donated items can then be sold by charity and social enterprise retailers, who can funnel the resulting revenue of $961+ million into their charitable work to assist Australia’s most vulnerable communities.

*Note: These policies were written prior to the rebrand of Charitable Recycling Australia. As a result, we are referred to as The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations throughout.

Container Deposit / Refund Schemes:

Container Refund Schemes (CRS) play an important function in advancing the circular economy in Australia.

Specifically, they facilitate increased recycling and a reduction in litter, generate new jobs and business opportunities in resource recovery and provide sustainable income to the Not-For-Profit sector.

There is a significant opportunity for charitable reuse and recycling enterprises to participate in Container Refund Schemes. In particular, they can act as collection points for donations which would enable them to claim a refund for each eligible container or as recognised Network Operators who claim a handling fee for container returns.

*Note: These policies were written prior to the rebrand of Charitable Recycling Australia. As a result, we are referred to as The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations throughout.

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