Sukkot Garden Tour

What better way to celebrate Chag Ha’Asif, the harvest festival of Sukkot, than in an ornamental and edible garden built for a family’s enjoyment, with a vision of sustainability and community enrichment?
Come along and be inspired to create a sustainable garden of your own. Meet Michael Sellings, the garden’s designer, builder and teacher, and then join us for an afternoon tea in the garden’s sukkah.

When:       Sunday 20th October (Chol hamoed Sukkot) 2:30-4:30pm
Where:      Private home in Caulfield North – address provided when you book.
Cost:         Free

September – big month ahead

Sunday 8th : Time for Living the Change celebration – run by ARRCC/Green Faith
——————-St Kilda Repair Cafe

Sunday 15th: Sustainable House Day

Friday 20th:   Deep time walk (morning)
——————-Global Climate Strike (afternoon)

Saturday 21st: Spring Clean the City 2019

Sunday 22nd: Sustainable Parenting – Easy Alternatives to Disposables

See our September eNews for more information.

Recycle your old mobile phones

Bring your old mobile phones to the JECO stand at the In One Voice festival on Sunday 17 March (Selwyn St, Elsternwick) and we’ll arrange for them to be recycled.

The components of mobile phones can be recycled into valuable materials for reuse. This reduces the need for new raw materials to be extracted and processed to make new products.

NOTE: The recycling uses a secure and safe process to the highest environmental standards. Any data left on mobiles is destroyed through the recycling process.

JECO receives a small payment for each mobile phone recycled, which helps us fund our activities.

If you missed our Reverse Garage Sale

Libraries in Glen Eira and Stonnington have collection boxes for the following items for recycling:

  • Batteries
  • CDs/DVDs, floppy disks and cases
  • Videos/cassettes and cases
  • Mobile phones, cameras and accessories
  • Fluorescent light globes and tubes
  • X-rays

… making it so easy to recycle these things all year round!

Reverse Garage Sale 2018

It’s happening again! Your chance to declutter in a (relatively) environmentally friendly way. On Mitzvah Day, Sunday 18th November, you can bring anything on the list below that you no longer need to 37 Margaret St, Carnegie, from 10am to 2pm. We’ll arrange for items to be reused, repurposed or recycled. (See our Recycling page for what we do with them.)

  • Batteries
  • Bicycles
  • Bras & swimwear (new & used)
  • Children’s books, atlases (without USSR), dictionaries & encyclopedias from 2005 onward
  • Clothing in good condition, especially men’s clothing, women’s plus-sized clothing, sleepwear, clean, unstained bedding, shoes & socks (clean/near new)
  • Clothing, shoes, handbags, toys, accessories not in good condition
  • Computers & IT equipment, cables, printers, laptops, LCD screens, switches, tablets…
  • VCR, DVD & CD players, electronic games & toys, stereos, ipods
  • DVDs, CDs, VHS, cassette tapes & cases, floppy disks, printer cartridges, toner bottles
  • Cameras, video cameras, projectors
  • Fabric (pieces A4 or larger) & wool
  • Hearing aids
  • Glasses (sight & reading)
  • Light globes – incandescent, compact fluorescent, downlight & fluorescent tubes
  • Mobile phones, batteries, chargers & accessories
  • Musical instruments (guitars, violins, percussion, recorders, etc)
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Sporting equipment in good condition – sports shoes/boots, balls, bags, bats, racquets, gloves, helmets, etc
  • Toiletries or essentials (unopened) that anyone in need may require
  • Towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillowcases, pet accessories
  • Used stamps (from envelopes)
  • X-rays

Note that our Recycling page lists where you can take these and many other things at any time of the year.

If you’d like to help out on the day, email JECO with your preferred times.

Jewish values and organising more environmentally friendly events

JECO made its presence felt at Limmud Oz this year in a few ways. Firstly we provided the organisers with a suggested strategy for making Limmud more environmentally friendly, a strategy that we would encourage all organisations to take on board when running events:

  1. Any printing, photocopying etc to be done using recycled paper.
  2. Encourage all speakers and participants to bring their own refillable water bottles.
  3. Encourage people to bring ‘keep cups’ to use for tea/coffee and/or other drinks.
  4. Ask caterers to provide a discount for people who bring their keep cups for use when purchasing coffee.
  5. Caterers to be asked to have no plastic or polystyrene – cups, plates, cutlery or food wraps. (There are ample alternatives that are low-cost both financially and environmentally. JECO is happy to work with caterers to source these if necessary.)

JECO also organised a panel discussion on the topic, ‘What is the most important Jewish value to pass on to the next generation?’. This session, with panelists Shamir Caplan, Kathy Kaplan, Gary Samowitz and Deborah Stone, was very well received by the 70 or so people in the audience. If you missed it, or would like to hear it again, you can watch a youtube of the session at our new JECO ‘channel’ at