Salvos Stores are currently running a campaign in collaboration with other charities called 'Moving the Needle', to reduce waste in fashion and diverting textiles from landfill.
Australians dispose of 6,000 tonnes of fashion and textile waste every 10 minutes. The commitment is to make a difference on what they do with textiles at the end of their life with them.
About 96 per cent of clothing is reused by charities through sales and recycling streams. Their shared goal is to increase textile diversion from landfill by 20 per cent by 2022.
"Salvo Stores are always looking for new ideas and partners to recycle as many unusable goods that we can," area manager Rebekah Shoobert of Salvos Stores Illawarra said. "Within all of our stores we have recycling processes in place, we sort all donations and those that we cannot resell, we recycle."
A division of The Salvation Army, Salvo Stores is a non-profit organisation, operating as a fully functioning retail business, recycling pre-loved goods and relying on the generosity of the public.
All profits made from goods sold at Salvos Stores go to The Salvation Army's programs and services.
"Donations and purchases made at our stores supports The Salvation Army's mission to 'live, love, fight alongside others and helping us give hope where it's needed the most'," Rebekah said.
Salvos Stores are focusing on reducing their environmental footprint by reducing landfill through recycling, re-purposing and continuously striving for new ways to reduce their impact.
"All our stores are actively involved in recycling," Rebekah added. "For over six years we have been running our "BYOB - bring your own bag" campaign and discouraging single use plastic bags within our stores.
"People always ask us what are the best things to donate. The best things to donate are things that you would be happy to keep using yourself but just don't need anymore.
"It costs The Salvation Army millions of dollars each year to dispose of unsellable items that we cannot recycle that have been donated and left outside our stores out of business hours."
Salvos are able to recycle e-waste (electrical or electronic devices), unusable textiles (clothing/linen), paper/cardboard, scrap metal (steel/aluminum/stainless steel/copper) electrical cords and unworkable white goods.
They keep over 30,000 tonnes of waste out of landfill countrywide every year.
For inquiries on donations, pickups and local services, call 13 SALVOS (13 72 58), visit a store or see salvationarmy.org.au
Illawarra stores at Kiama, Albion Park, Warilla, Warrawong, Dapto, Unanderra, Wollongong, Fairy Meadow, Woonona, Helensburgh, Sutherland and Menai.