A DARCH-based environmental and recycling company is trying to help those in need using the ‘pay it forward’ motto.
E’Co Australia director Mark Keay said the company, which was formed in 1978, had “always had a community spirit” and had been “helping people for many years but never publicised it”.
“I saw the opportunity to increase the good work E’Co was doing and so I created the Facebook page ECO – Pay it Forward,” he said.
“This came about because of a house fire.
“We got the opportunity to help this lady and her family after her home and entire contents burned to the ground in a fire in Bullsbrook. She lost everything so we got involved with her and then it just snowballed.”
Mr Keay said after the launch of the Facebook page, the pay it forward campaign took off.
He said it was surprising how many people were doing it tough in Perth and how many said they had contacted numerous agencies and charities who could not help.
The company helps by facilitating others to pass on furniture, clothing and food to those who need it.
“We’re a private company stretching our hand out to help the community who can pay their items forward and we ensure they go to families that need it,” he said.
“Sometimes some of the clothing is sent to people in developing nations where we do receive an income. The clothing that is no good to go overseas is cut up into industrial wiping rags and sold to local businesses.
“This funds our operation.”
Mr Keay said there were many ways people could help.
“All we ask is for you to put your unwanted clothing, shoes and linen into a, E’Co recycling collection bin,” he said.
“If anyone has a truck that can help with pick-ups of pay it forward goods or delivering them to the people who really need it, we will welcome you with open arms.
“If anyone wants to help us clean the items or box them up ready for delivery then once again, come on down.”
To help, go to bit.ly/21UoCY2 or call 9302 3456 to find you nearest collection bin.