Finding new homes for old (but still-good) goods

Zero Waste Network Sydney

Matt Allen

Looking for someone to find a use for thousands of no longer needed good quality uniforms or high visibility vests? Matt Allen of the Zero Waste Network Sydney may be your man.

Matt, who describes himself and the not-for-profit as “connectors” will, for example, try to match you with someone who needs the uniforms, as the Zero Waste Network managed to do for Australia Post a few years ago.

Calling around, they located social enterprises that found homes for the accumulated backlog of out-dated uniforms, saving them from going to landfill.

The aim is to be a “one stop shop”, a partnership with bulk or commercial “waste generators” and re-use, repair and recycling social enterprises.


The NFP, part funded by local government in the southern Sydney region, is also doing joint research with the local governments to quantify the social and environmental impacts of re-use.

“By working with enterprises to collect detailed data, we hope to develop a sector-wide methodology for measuring re-use,” Matt says.

Zero Waste Networks Sydney