Our Recycling Operation
The Smith Family has long been known for our recycled clothing business. The surplus revenue generated from these sales locally and from overseas markets helps to offset our organisational costs, ensuring that more of the funds received from fundraising activities can be spent on programs benefiting our students.
Established in 1963, today our multi award-winning recycling operation collects, sorts and sells more than 10 million kilograms of good-quality recycled and new clothing, footwear and accessories each year.
Clothing donations are collected through our extensive network of clothing bins in NSW and the ACT, retailers and collection drives held by schools and businesses. These items are then sold in one of The Smith Family stores in metropolitan and regional NSW and the ACT or to our overseas partners in regions including Africa, the Pacific Islands and other regions.
Our proven logistics and warehousing procedures ensure the products we sell are of a high quality, with over 75 per cent of donations reused, reducing landfill waste and environmental impact and generating vital funds for our community programs.
We partner with state and local government, businesses, schools and other not-for-profit organisations, including children's charity, Stewart House, to promote and support recycling initiatives that improve economic, environmental and social outcomes.