Labor supports National Op-Shop Week

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The NSW Labor Opposition encourages all members of the public to donate items of used clothing as part of National Op-Shop Week, which begins today.

This is the inaugural National Op-Shop Week, an initiative of the charity Do Something. The official website (www.dosomethingnearyou.com.au) allows people to search for their nearest charity op-shop store out of 2000 across Australia.

"There is no better time to recycle old clothes than during National Op-Shop Week," Shadow Minister for the Environment Luke Foley said today.

"This is a great initiative by Do Something that will help people in need. "It's a stark truth that during lean economic times – the demand for used clothing goes up but public donations go down.

"Charities like St Vincent De Paul, the Salvation Army, the Smith Family and the Red Cross do a great job distributing clothes to the needy – but many are reporting shortages.

"There would be millions of pieces of clothing sitting idly in the wardrobes of Australia right now – just waiting to be recycled.

"If you're hanging onto pants that no longer fit, or a blouse you regret you bought – this is the perfect time to donate them to a great cause."