Not fit for a mate? Don’t donate!

Posted on: Sun 3 Feb 2019

A wave of decluttering is sweeping the nation. St Vincent de Paul has reported a 38% increase in donated goods in some areas compared with the same time last year.

However, many of these items are unusable and not suitable for donation. Donating broken or shabby items only shifts the cost of sorting and sending to landfill onto charities, which reportedly costs them millions of dollars per year.

So how do we make sure that our decluttering spree doesn’t create a bigger mess for someone else to sort out? To find out more, Barometer’s Des Lawrence speaks to Jenni Downes, Senior Research Consultant at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, part of the University of Technology in Sydney.



Produced by Des Lawrence

Image: flickr – David Jackmanson 


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