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Donating Unwanted Items in Australia

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Donating unwanted goods in Australia is an incredibly popular way to be charitable without dipping into your cash reserves. Being such a generous population, it pays to know how and where to donate unwanted goods, especially if you’re planning on moving house soon.

According to the 2019 Australian Communities Trends Report, five in every six Australians give to charities or not-for-profit organisations, with 66% choosing to donate unwanted goods in the last 12 months.

Moving companies like Sydney-based Smoothmoves that specialise in home and furniture removal may also provide decluttering services, saving you the hassle of removing unwanted items yourself. Whether you’re looking to declutter before moving into a new home or after selling, decluttering with Smoothmoves can save you the hassle of finding space for all your junk later. 

To make this process easier and more streamlined, here are few things you should know about how and where you can donate your unwanted stuff in Australia.

Find A Donation Bin, Charity or Donation Organisation Near You

Find the most convenient method to donate your unwanted goods with our custom-created map! From old clothes that you’ve outgrown, bundles of old laptops or boxes of untouched toys, this map includes a wide range of items categories available for you to donate.

We’ve listed our favourite organisations across Australia for your convenience. Simply filter by your preferred method to donate, or take your time and find the important details you need to know about these organisations by clicking on their marker. Have a browse below!

For a more detailed look at the organisations we’ve mapped out, refer to this list below to find all the important details in one convenient location.

What items can be donated?

Not exactly everything can be given away willy-nilly. It’s important to know what can and can’t be donated when giving away unwanted goods to a charity or not-for-profit organisation. While each organisation will have their own rules and guidelines, below is a good rule of thumb for what can and can’t be donated, along with a few maybes.

Items you can donate:

  • Men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories
  • Homewares, including manchester
  • Children’s toys
  • Books, CDs, DVDs, Bluray discs, video games, vinyl records and cassette tapes.

Items in the maybe list:

  • Furniture
  • Electrical goods
  • White goods/ Appliances

Items you can’t donate:

  • Ripped, torn, soiled or stained clothing/ / footwear
  • Broken, ripped or stained furniture
  • Cracked or broken homewares
  • Stained bedding, including mattresses
  • Used beauty and hygiene products
  • Green waste
  • Household waste
  • Computers, printers and scanners
  • Broken or ruined white goods/ Appliances
  • Car parts
  • Weapons
  • Taxidermy animals
  • Medicine

Donating Unwanted Goods & Furniture in Australia

Giving away your unwanted stuff is easy when you know what you’re doing. Take note of these handy tips for donating anything you no longer need. 

Donating Clothes

Clothing that is either damaged or worn-out cannot be accepted for donation. However, some clothing retailers like H&M, Zara, and Upparel offer garment collection programs for clothing or textiles to be reused or recycled. There are also clothing swaps hosted in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra via The Clothing Exchange.

Smaller organisations may also need more specific types of clothing depending on their mission. Organisations like Fitted for Work take pre-loved women’s business attire which is in respectable condition to give to struggling female and gender diverse job seekers. When you donate to Fitted for Work, you’re also donating hope, financial security and professional representation on top of the clothes you are giving.

Another organisation that we love is Thread Together. The clothes you donate here help makes the lives of up to 3.4 million Australians who freeze throughout winter, have no shoes or even don’t own a clean pair of underwear. Tread Together is committed to providing a better life for those who need it most. Be sure to dig a little deeper when looking for a place to donate your pre-loved clothes.

Furniture and Oversized Items

You have the most convenient organisations like the Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul and the Salvation Army for donating unwanted furniture items as they offer pick-up and delivery options across a variety of locations.

Dig a little deeper to find organisations that address issues close to your heart as well! Asylum Seekers Centre is more than happy to take eligible household items to provide for people who are less fortunate who have fled their home country in hopes of a better life for themselves and their families.

Sacred Heart Mission assists hundreds of people who are homeless, or don’t have access to shelter, food, care and support to live a fulfilling life.

Logistics

Transporting unwanted stuff to a charity is easier said than done. While Smoothmoves will pick up unwanted furniture, along with any rubbish for recycling and disposal, not all removal companies do. You should also check what kind of goods the organisation accepts. 

Donating Unwanted Bras and Feminine Goods

While underwear is off the table, donating unwanted bras to The Uplift Project is a fantastic way to support women in need.

E-Waste and Mobile Phone Donations

Do something good with your old mobile phones by donating them to someone in need via MobileMuster, the official not-for-profit Government accredited mobile phone recycling program.

Giving Away Unwanted Stuff For Free

If you want to skip the middleman, you can try out FreeCycle Australia, one of the oldest “free stuff” forums on the internet.

If you have some old IKEA furniture you no longer need, then give it a second life via the IKEA buy-back service.

Givit is a fantastic resource to discover items needed by charities around Australia to find a donation yourself. If you have a specific thing you want to donate, Givit will connect you with the correct charity or organisation via its online network.

Learn more about an organisation

Learning more about charities to donate to in Australia is super simple, thanks to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). According to them, there are more than 52,000 charities as of 2019, giving Aussies plenty of options for donating unwanted stuff. Simply search the ACNC charity register to find out everything you need to know about them.

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