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Any firm or corporation engaged in the collecting of secondhand clothing and textiles may be eligible to become a certified “Operator” member of the association, provided that it meets the standards for certification as set forth by ACBO and pays the per bin yearly certification fee


  • Visual representation; mandatory placement of current year, Certified Location Decals (CLD) on all bins and or units

  • ​Exclusive use of all ACBO and marketing materials and official logos, for your print and online marketing purposes​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • ​Part of ACBO and’s ongoing national and localized, online, and social media marketing and advertising campaign, and National PSA’s​​​​​​

  • ​​​​​​​Free Individual zip code web-locator, easily placed on your website or social media pages (will only show your locations)

  • ​​​​​​​​​Showcased in one of ACBO’s featured member of the month spotlights

  • ​​​​​Discounts with member Buyers, Suppliers


  • ​​​​​First mover updates on industry information and happenings

  • ​​​Opportunity to win ACBO’s annual recognition awards

  • ​​​​​Part of the circle of influence, socially-minded industry leaders

Operator - Certification Membership Page

The ACBO Certification Membership is an investment in the success and continued growth of your business. This association provides services that are custom-designed to separate, showcase, and reward its members.


Once Approved

  • Minimum one year in business

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Provide two trade reference

  • Submission of additionally insured insurance certificate, to ACBO

  • Proof of Corporation

  • Agree to mandatory Terms & Conditions, Operator Code of Conduct documents.

  • Have a good Better Business Bureau record (BBB)

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Have passed a Consumer Protection Agency entity search

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Have a good Charity Navigator Rating (If a charity or affiliation is with a charity)

  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Proof of charity or nonprofit affiliations (If a private sector organization)


  • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Pay the per bin, annual certification fee

Operator Fee Breakdown

  • ​UNDER 100 Bins - (Will be required to make the minimum certification rate of $999 Per Year)

  • 100 to 999 Bins - $8 Per Bin, Per Year

  • You’ll be granted full access to ACBO’s Member Area

Here you will be able to access and download both ACBO and registered and trademarked logos and images, search credential buyers and suppliers, update company information, view recent news, renew your membership, and pay for additional locations

  • Provide ACBO with a complete site location list via excel spreadsheet

ACBO will input all your site locations on its north American interface. Here all your locations will appear by zip code to the public

  • We will provide you with your own “Bin Locator” for your website

In addition to your listing on ACBO’s national website, ACBO provides your organization its own “Bin Locator” (Free of charge). This enables you to place your own Bin locator on your website and social media platforms. This personalized “Bin Locator” will only show your locations, no other member locations will be shown

  • All your locations will be live on

Upon full payment and submission of your locations list, all your locations will show up on the official website, and your organization listed as a good-standing member

  • All your Certified Location Decals will be mailed out

ACBO will immediately send you your current year Certified Location/Approved Member (CLD) decals, via Priority Mail. (Please note members MAY NOT display the CLD decals if not an active member nor can display an out-of-date CLD) See ABCO’s Operators Terms and Conditions

The Process

  • Create a username and password

  • Complete application in full and submit all required documents

  • Make the required payment

  • towards your membership fee

  • Allow for 5 to 7 business days for application review and decision