'If you wouldn't give it to a mate, don't donate'

NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Executive Director Waste Operations and Programs Carmen Dwyer said the EPA will work with charities, local government and other stakeholders in a coordinated effort to stop dumping at donation point as part of a new action plan.

Last week the state government released the Reducing Illegal Dumping on Charitable Recyclers Action Plan to tackle illegal dumping at charity bins and shopfronts to support NSW charitable recyclers.

"We know that most people try to do the right thing when it comes to donating but we could all use a reminder about how to donate responsibly," Ms Dwyer said.

"NSW charitable recyclers help people reuse household goods and textiles, help people in need and reduce the amount of household waste that goes to landfill.

"For a donation to count, it needs to be a good quality item that is not stained, damaged or broken. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn't give it to a mate, don't donate."

Ms Dwyer said NSW charities are often left with costly clean-up bills when donated items are either unsuitable for sale or are left outside donation bins or shopfronts, where they can be destroyed by bad weather or vandals.

The new plan outlines strategies to reduce illegal dumping by driving positive change in public behaviour and awareness around acceptable donating including steps for informing the community about how to donate unwanted goods.