It’s time to declutter!

Start preparing now for JECO’s Reverse Garage Sale on Sunday 19th November, where you can bring anything on the list below that you no longer need to
6B South Ave, Bentleigh 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)
  • Computers & IT equipment, cables, VCR, DVD & CD players
  • DVDs, CDs, VHS, cassette tapes & cases, floppy disks, printer cartridges
  • Cameras, video cameras, projectors
  • Electrical appliances & power tools
  • Fabric
  • Hearing aids
  • Pairs of glasses (spectacles)
  • 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

Like to get involved? Contact us.

Register for the Edible Weed Walk at Try Booking. Numbers strictly limited. We need minimum numbers by 29 Sept for this to proceed.

When?           Sunday 15th October, 2-3:30 pm
Where?          Elster Creek (Elwood Canal) – exact starting point TBA after registration
How much?   Adults $15, Children 5-16 $10, under 5 free, Family $40.

Bookings now open – minimum numbers required for this to go ahead

Sustainable garden tour

Are you aiming to send zero waste to landfill? Come and see JECO member Eva’s incredible zero-waste garden and home, featuring creative composting systems.
This interactive workshop will inspire you and arm you with tips to save money and save the planet.
Glen Eira Council is also offering this workshop led by our very own Eva, but they currently have a waiting list of 50! Eva has kindly agreed to run a special session for JECO, but you’d better get in quick!
The session is free, but is limited to 25 people. Book through Try Booking.
When?         Sunday 10th September, from 10.30 am
Where?        Eva’s home in Caulfield – address supplied once you have booked.
How much? Gold coin donation requested.

Bookings essential!

The power of renewables


Talk postponed

If you’d like to be informed when this talk is rescheduled, please email


Everyone seems to be talking about renewable energy these days. What is its potential? Could the world be totally powered by renewables? How could renewables build the political power we need to protect the climate?

Join us for bagel brunch and to hear what Dan has to say about all of this and more.

Who is Dan Cass?

Dan Cass is strategist at the Australia Institute and an honorary associate at Sydney Business School. He is on the advisory board of Solar Head of State and provides independent strategy and policy consulting services.

Dan has started social ventures, was Communications Manager for Greenpeace Australia Pacific and a curator at Scienceworks Museum. He was a director of Hepburn Wind, Australia’s first community-owned wind farm.

His company, Dan Cass & Co, works to accelerate the transition to a clean energy economy. It does this by creating strategic partnerships between businesses and the community to secure a more sustainable future.

Dan has consulted for global and national companies including Origin, Vestas, Pacific Hydro and Sungevity.

When?              Sunday 20th August at 10am

Where?             Private home in Carnegie – call 0402 894 968 for details

How much?     Small note donation requested

Two great films – Saturday 10th June

LBCinema, in conjunction with JECO and the ARRCC*

Guarding the Galilee

  • A massive and beautiful area of Queensland could soon be the largest coal mining area in the world. Come and watch this powerful documentary to see why it is such an important and ethical issue.


The Man who Planted Trees

  • An inspirational, Oscar-winning short animated film, based on the short story by Jean Giono.

When?    Saturday 10 June, 7pm after Havdalah

Where?  Leo Baeck Centre for Progressive Judaism, 37 Harp Rd, East Kew

Cost?    $10 (to go to the campaign to stop the mine going ahead)

*ARRCC – Australian Religious Response to Climate Change

Solar & batteries – Are they for you?

Deciding to jump and monitoring performance.

Putting solar cells on houses is increasingly popular. It’s also quite complicated.

  • How big?
  • What information do I need to gather to make an assessment?
  • Do I have room on my roof?
  • What technologies?
  • Should I install batteries? How big?
  • Which supplier?
  • Are there regulatory issues?
  • Does my choice of power company affect this?
  • Is it economically viable?
  • What if I’m renting?
  • What if I can’t afford the up-front cost?
  • How do I know if it’s working?
  • How do I track its performance?

So many questions!!!
If it’s in your too hard basket, there are resources to help you decide.  It’s not right for everyone but it’s economically viable for many people.

Energy Storage – batteries  & others – is an area that deserves special discussion. It’s changing very quickly but the best answers are becoming more apparent.

Andrew Gelbart is an “elderly” engineer (his own description!) with a long career in evaluating and implementing new technologies. He finally made the leap to having solar installed after considerable evaluation and watching the technology develop and emerge. He will walk you through his decision-making process, share some of the resources he has found that help in making a decision and in tracking performance. He believes it’s not that hard once you know what to ask and where to look. A worked example is often the best way to learn.

If it’s on your list then here is your chance.

When?           Sunday 21st May at 7:30pm
Where?          37 Margaret St, Carnegie
How much?  Gold coin donation requested

***  Andrew has requested that attendees bring a copy of a recent electricity bill with them. This will make the session more relevant and fun. ***

Please let us know if you’re planning to come so we know how many chairs we’ll need on the night.  Contact us.

Petition to Josh Frydenberg

JECO is collecting signatures on a petition to be presented to Josh Frydenberg who is the Minister for Environment and Energy. We encourage you to print a copy of this Petition to Josh Frydenberg, get as many signatures as you can, and return to JECO by 30 April 2017. You’ll find another link to this petition on our Resources page.

Please return petitions with signatures now to:
President JECO, c/- Lamm Library, 304 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield South, VIC 3162

Special event this Sunday!

Interested in getting involved in a community garden?

Come along this Sunday 2nd April at 11:15am to the
Murrumbeena Community Garden
at the Koornang Uniting Church
117 Murrumbeena Rd, Murrumbeena
(Parking at rear)

Hear from Glynis Ramsay, one of the three power-girls behind the dream of utilising the land around the Koornang Uniting Church, about the establishment of the Murrumbeena Community Garden ten years ago and what it has to offer.

‘There will be tears, laughter and a cup of herbal tea.’

Got a mobile phone you no longer need?

Bring it along to the JECO stand at the In One Voice Festival and we’ll make sure it goes for recycling.

Check out our other displays while you’re there – sustainable transport (electric bikes, hybrid & electric cars, public transport), options for catering that are better for the environment, and more.

Sunday 19th March 11am-5pm – Sinclair St, Elsternwick. Just a short walk from Elsternwick station or the stop 33 on the 67 tram route along Glenhuntly Rd.

Sunday 5th March – Clean up Australia Day

Join us to help clean up and preserve the environment. A clean area, free of litter, provides a healthy and positive environment for day-to-day activities.

Where?      Meet at the corner of Sinclair and Selwyn St, Elsternwick

When?       From 10am to 12 noon

The area we have chosen to clean up includes a number of iconic community facilities – Holocaust Centre, Kadimah, Classic Cinema – as well as the vibrant shopping centre along Glenhuntly Rd.

Rubbish bags and gloves will be provided.

For more information or to register, go to