Australians produce on average over 2,000 kg of waste per person per year. And about 60% of that ends up in landfill – some simple maths and the annual figures are staggering; and unfortunately growing.

There are some things you can do about it – donating items can make a big difference to landfill and help those in need simultaneously.

Here are some of my top recommendations for places to donate; if you have any extra to add to the list I’d love to hear about it.

Brotherhood of St Lawrence – these guys are my go-to service for booking pick ups for furniture, white goods and clothing. They are one of the few op shop companies who will also accept electrical goods in good working condition. They also have a fridge recovery program where they take older fridges and restore them to energy and cost efficient before on selling them. The fact they pick up from your home makes everything that bit simpler.

Salvos – Like Brotherhood, Salvos also have home pick up services which makes donating larger items easier. Salvos will accept bed and mattresses in excellent condition as well as small electrical items.

Big Group Hug and St Kilda Mums – once you’ve finished using your baby goods, this fantastic not for profit will take them and re-home them to families in need in Melbourne. Big Group Hug are great for children’s clothing, cots, prams, strollers, high chairs, car seats and any other baby goods that are in excellent condition. No electrical items accepted.

Fitted for Work – this organisation helps disadvantaged women by providing them with complete personal outfitting and interview skills to help them get back on their feet. They would love your donations of suits, work outfits, jewellery, shoes etc

Give Now – if you have other items you’d like to donate but you’re not sure where, Give Now is a great website with loads more places you can donate in Australia.

Enjoy the Freedom!

Amy x