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, through our partnerships with our corporate partners and clothing collection drives held by schools and businesses.
These donated clothing items are then sold in one of The Smith Family's retail stores in metropolitan and regional NSW and the ACT or to our overseas partners (exported) to regions including Africa and 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 re used, this saves water and energy, reduces landfill waste and impact on the environment, also generating vital funds for our community programs.
We partner with local councils and governments, corporates and businesses, schools and other not–for–profits to promote recycling initiatives to support and improve economic, social and environmental outcomes.