Clothing recycling in the community

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 19 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.


How to give to us

Donating clothes

We rely on donations of new or good quality clean clothes, accessories and manchester to provide stock for our retail stores and overseas partners. The better quality the donation, the greater the impact. The more good quality products we collect, the wider our range of stock, reducing the waste sent to landfill and increasing the amount of funds we raise for our community programs.

We accept donations in a variety of ways:

  • Clothing donations bins located throughout NSW and the ACT - Simply drop your clean, wearable clothing items into a Smith Family labelled clothing bin near you.

  • From your home - Our transport fleet collect donations from houses in Sydney, the Central Coast, Wollongong and the Illawarra region, the Blue Mountains and Canberra in the ACT. To book a pickup from your home, call 1300 737 166 or complete an online collection request.

  • From wholesalers, distributors and retailers - We accept sample or out-of-season stock (clothing, accessories and manchester) from retailers. Contact our team today to find out how you can donate your products and ensure they don't go to landfill.

  • Clothing drives run by schools or businesses. Contact us on 1300 737 166 to find out how you can organise a clothing drive at your school or business.

What to donate


Find a store or a locate a clothing bin

If you live in NSW or the ACT, you can help! Donate your new or good quality clothes and make a positive impact on the environment while supporting disadvantaged children. By donating good quality items of clothing for recycling, you are also saving water, energy and landfill.

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. We have 19 retail stores throughout metropolitan and regional NSW and the ACT selling a wide range of affordable women's, children's and men’s clothing, accessories and Manchester or to our overseas partners in regions including Africa, the Pacific Islands and other regions.

With a large volume of donations, our stock changes from week to week. Before reaching one of our stores, each item is individually checked and sorted by our trained and experienced workers to guarantee quality. Popular items including vintage clothing and designer labels sell fast so visit your local store today.

find a store or bin near you

The Recycling Journey

Purchasing recycled clothing conserves the environment. The Smith Family prevents more than 7.5 million kilograms of textile waste ending up in landfill each year.

The journey of donated clothing