Where to recycle or donate unwanted goods

Here’s a list of places you can recycle or donate items. If you’re a SORTED client – we’ll recycle many of these items on your behalf!

UPDATE: one of the easiest places to donate unwanted goods is on Facebook. Simply search in your area for “pay it forward” “free stuff” or “buy/swap/sell/donate” type groups. Normally you’ll be asked to join as many of the groups are private, but it’s often the easiest way to ensure your unwanted items go straight into the hands of someone who wants/needs them!

coathangersThis is not a comprehensive list but an excellent starting point.  You can also use the search tool at www.recyclingnearyou.com.au but if you want a quick fix, read on!  We welcome your additions, corrections etc, please post them below and I will update the list.

Many charities and shelters collect clothing, toiletries, food stuffs, toys,  and mobile phones for displaced men, women and children. Here’s just two to get you started (I’d like more on this list if you have contacts)
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
SHE Rescue Home


  • Diabetes Australia
  • Goodwill
  • St Vincent De  Paul
  • Brotherhood of St Laurence
  • Red Cross
  • MS
  • Most don’t take electrical goods but you could try www.givenow.co.au. Another suggestion Green nose for SIDS is the donation arm of Red Nose. They take electrical goods, toys, just about everything that most of the other companies won’t take. They have some drop off points and also come and collect. This is Melbourne only I think. http://greennose.org.au

You might also like to sniff out your local “Free” Facebook group that facilitates donations of just about anything. If you don’t have one in your area, try “Facebay” on Facebook.

If you’re in the USA, Check out Miss Minimalist’s comprehensive list here.

Australian Professional Organisers – you are welcome to use this list on your own website but please use a link (so you will always have the most current version) rather than cutting and pasting.  Cheers!


3 responses to “Where to recycle or donate unwanted goods

  1. I always struggle to know how to recycle fabric (old clothing not good enough for someone to wear, Manchester etc), any tips? Countries like the UK have fabric recycling bins but haven’t found anything similar here and would love to know if you have! Thanks!

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    • Hi Lis, normally you can simply bundle the rags and label them as such – the charity then often sends them onto another charity. The other place you can always try is your local house painters and/or school or art college or mechanics! Good for clean ups!

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