What

 Where you can take these

What they do with them

Art / craft

materials – clean items for use in school art projects

Reverse Art Truck  (formerly Reverse Garbage Truck)
17 Greenwood Ave, Ringwood
Phone/Fax 9879 1264
OR
188T Quarry Rd, Narre Warren
Phone 9707 1333
Tues-Fri 9am – 5pm , Sat 9am – 1pm

Collect rejects, seconds and factory offcuts for distribution to schools, early learning centres and the community.

Baby things

St Kilda Mums – 14 Winterton Rd, Clayton. See ‘Donate things‘. Opening hours generally 10am until 3pm Mon-Fri, or 10.30am-1pm  Saturdays but check the website especially during school holidays.

Melbourne Gemach – contact Rochi in Ripponlea 0413 956 384

Donate Direct

Op shops

St Kilda Mums receives requests from Maternal Health Nurses and local social service agencies on behalf of families in need. Then try to meet or exceed each request with quality pre-loved donations. Check their website for what they can and can’t accept.

Batteries

Aldi and Officeworks have collection bins at the front of all stores for AA, AAA, C, D & 9V batteries.

Battery World collects all types of batteries.

Libraries in Glen Eira & Stonnington also have collection boxes for batteries.

Recycle

Bicycles

Any Bicycle Super Store (eg 1030 Dandenong Rd, Carnegie).

Adult size bikes, BMX bikes and children’s bikes 24″ or larger go to Bicycles for Humanity  (though not bikes that are covered in rust). Alternatively volunteers listed on the Bicycles for Humanity website can arrange for collection of bikes.

See also:
Wecycle (Northcote)
Back2Bikes (Port Melbourne)
Dr Cranky’s (kids’ bikes)

Send to Africa as sustainable transport to help break the poverty cycle. Bikes can travel twice as fast and carry 4 times the load as people on foot. Shipping containers in which they are sent become bike workshops, providing employment, skills, training and much more for communities.

Wecycle & Back2Bikes rehome unwanted bikes with people who need them

Dr Cranky’s works on getting kids riding bikes

Books

Children’s books

Fiction & non-fiction books other than history books, published after 2000: Australian Books for Children of Africa – see www.abca.org.au to organise a dropoff in Caulfield

123Read2Me – They have bin locations for book dropoffs in various sites around Melbourene. See  their website https://123read2me.org.au/ for locations.

Other books:
Brotherhood of St Laurence op shops

I Love Books 12 Arcade Rd, Mont Albert North
Tel. 9898 1677
– buy all current-edition school textbooks for the Australian and Victorian Curriculum including study guides

Your local street library – boxes people set up outside their homes for people to leave and take books.

 

ABCA provides second-hand books and writing materials for underprivileged schools in rural Africa.
Note: 
Books must be in good condition and suit children aged 12 years and under.

 

123Read2Me gives books to Aussie kids who need them.

Bras & swimwear, new or used

Uplift Project – no longer collecting in Australia

Send them to disadvantaged communities where a bra is unobtainable or unaffordable. Sends them wherever they have requests.

Bread tags (plastic)

Bread Tags for Wheelchairs
Follow this link to find your nearest collection point.

Made of high impact polystyrene, the tags have a good recycling value. 200kg of the tags bring in enough money to buy a wheelchair for a needy person in South Africa.

Cameras

Libraries in Glen Eira have collection boxes for these

 

Cars & other vehicles

 Kids Under Cover 
https://www.kuc.org.au/get-involved/donate-your-car/

They collect your car (minus the number plates as you need to cancel your registration first), pass it on to auctioneers who sell it. The proceeds go to Kids Under Cover who use it in their work to combat youth homelessness. Your donation is even tax deductible!

Clean clothing in good condition

Avalon Centre
1936 Malvern Rd, Malvern East
– see their website for current needs
(alternatively most op shops)

Avalon goes out on a regular basis distributing clothes, bedding and warmth through work and interaction with the homeless.

Clothing not in good condition

Brotherhood of St Laurence stores

Make a Wish Foundation has bins in many Westfield malls.

SCR Group Clothing dropoff – has bins next to several railway stations.

H&M clothing stores accept clothing in any condition.

UPparel – charge $25/10kg and then give you a $25 credit towards purchases from them.

Brotherhood passes them on to Melbourne Cleaning Cloths. Make A Wish Foundation passes them on to King Cotton Australia

H&M passes them on to their business partner I:CO who use them for rewear (as second-hand clothes), reuse (for other products such as cleaning cloths) or recycling (as textile fibres for things like insulation

Clothing suitable for job interviews

Ready Set – 24 Eastern Rd, South Melbourne
Tel. 9078 1750
OR
Groomed to Go / Dress for Success South East Melbourne Tel. 9770 0220
Shop 6 Station St Mall, Frankston
Monday to Thursday 9.30am to 3pm

Pass them on to people who are unemployed and going for job interviews, or starting work in a new job and can’t yet afford to buy appropriate clothes

Computers & IT equipment

Nucleus Computer Donations (Carnegie)

B2C Community IT Recyclers
– A social enterprise of The Werx Foundation, offering work experience and training to people with disabilities.
3/3 Elma Rd, Cheltenham.
Check website for current dropoff times, or phone 9005-0101 for appointment.

Officeworks also has a free nationwide recycling service for TVs, computers, printers and computer peripherals.

Equipment Recycling Network Inc (based in Ringwood)

Nucleus Computer Donations sends donations of computers, laser printers and mobile phones to needy international communities to support their schools, education and vocations.

 

B2C accepts all forms of IT equipment and peripherals except printers, regardless of age, specs or working condition and work to prevent these from entering landfill. Re-use as much as possible, integrating PC components into refurbished computers. What can’t be re-used is dismantled into its constituent parts & sent for processing to responsible waste partners.

ERNi supports people with disabilities.

Corks

Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre

Bayside Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre

Monash Transfer Station

Recycle

DVDs, CDs, VHS, cassette tapes & cases, floppy disks

Any library in Stonnington or Glen Eira

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station
32 Weir St, Malvern

Monash Waste Transfer and Recycling Station
380 Ferntree Gully Rd, Notting Hill

Recycle

Electrical items

Brotherhood of St Laurence
Tel. 1300 366 283
Second-hand working electrical items are accepted at Brotherhood stores. See also Whitegoods listing below for Fridges. 

Also Eastern Emergency Relief Network and West Welcome Wagon (see next entry below)

 

Electrical items are safety-tested before resale.

Furniture (in good condition) & whitegoods (in good working order) + lots more

Eastern Emergency Relief Network
Donations can be delivered to their warehouse 9am to 1pm Monday to Friday or volunteers can collect from Cities of Whitehorse, Manningham, Maroondah, Knox, Monash & Boroondara.

Brotherhood of St Laurence

West Welcome Wagon

EERN provides emergency aid to those in need. See their About us  page.

West Welcome Wagon supports people seeking asylum.

Glasses (sight & reading)

Lions Recycle 4 Sight – approach your local Lions Club or – mail to:
Reply Paid 3021
Lions Recycle For Sight
PO Box 3021
Clontarf MDC 4019 
OR
to ReSpecs via
Temple Beth Israel, 76-82 Alma Rd, St Kilda
OR
Care With Quality, 62 Rosstown Rd, Carnegie

Cleans, grades and labels used spectacles for distribution in third world countries.

 

Respecs removes the lenses and sends frames to Israel to provide glasses for those in need.

Hearing aids

Recycled Sound – 5 High St, Prahran 

SoundFair – 1 Hamilton Place Mt Waverley OR
Suite 1, Level 2, 517 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne
Tel. 9510 1577

Lions Recycling for Sight Australia (see Glasses entry above – they also collect hearing aids)

Provide recycled hearing aids to disadvantaged people – single income families, working poor, unemployed, refugees and people seeking asylum.

Household goods in working order

Donate Direct

See also Furniture entry above and ‘Something else to give away’ below

Matches items being given away – televisions, computers, bedding, mobile phones, kitchen appliances and white goods – with charities and Community Service Providers who pass them on at no charge to disadvantaged people who need them.

Light globes- incandescent, compact fluorescent, downlight & fluorescent tubes

Libraries in Glen Eira have collection boxes for fluorescent light globes and tubes.

Stonnington Waste Transfer Station
32 Weir St, Malvern
Phone: 8290 1333
Open Mon to Fri 10am to 3:30pm
Sat 9-3 & Sun 10-3

Monash Waste Transfer
(also collect corks and polystyrene)
380 Ferntree Gully Rd, Notting Hill
Tel. 9518 3767
7 days a week 7.30 am To 4 pm.

City of Whitehorse – see their website for dropoff points

Recycled through CMA Ecocycle – see how in 

this brochure or similar organisations.

Note: Handle fluorescent globes with great care – they contain mercury which can be very harmful to health.

Makeup, toiletries, dinner sets, cutlery, pots & pans, toasters, kettles – all new and unused

Impact for Women
impactforwomen@gmail.com 
PO Box 277, Glen Huntly 3163
See http://www.impactforwomen.org.au/bags-of-love-ideas.html for more ideas

Make ‘bags of love’ to give to women escaping violent family situations.

Material/fabric (including sheets, doona covers, pillowslips, etc)

Boomerang Bags
(See their website  boomerangbags.org for your nearest dropoff point)

Upcycle the material buy sewing it to make reusable shopping bags

Mattresses

Drop off at the Port Phillip Resource Recovery Centre, corner White & Boundary Streets, South Melbourne, or ask your council about a hard rubbish collection
OR
Fee-for-service collection: 
https://www.softlanding.com.au/ (a social enterprise) OR www.bedcollect.com.au

Break them down & use fabric to make carpet underlay & weed mats, timber frames for kindling and send springs to metal recyclers

Mobile phones (and landline phones)

 Aussie Recycling Program (ARP)
Factory 29, 260 Wickham Rd, Highett
Tel. 9532 1237
OR
MobileMuster
OR
mobile phone retailers or Officeworks

Landline phones and mobiles can be recycled through collection stations at Glen Eira libraries.

ARP recycles useable phones and on-sells them cheaply to third world countries, thus enabling people to afford a phone. Those that can’t be reused are dismantled and disposed of responsibly.

Paint

Paintback – see paintback.com.au for closest location

They separate packaging and waste liquid, then recycle containers and treat waste paint for energy recovery for solvent and liquid/solid separation for water-based paint.

Pens and markers

Officeworks – selected stores collect these for recycling. Looking to roll out the program nationally over the next year.

Recycling

Plastic wrap

Coles and Woolworths have collection bins for these at the front of their stores. This is passed on to RedCycle. NB only some brands of cling wrap. See https://www.redcycle.net.au/what-to-redcycle/ for what can and can’t be recycled.

Use to make recycled plastic items such as park benches and furniture for schools and kindergartens.

Polystyrene

Monash Waste Transfer
– amounts up to ½ cubic metre
380 Ferntree Gully Rd, Notting Hill
Tel. 9518 3767

Recycle it

Printer cartridges & toner bottles

Recycling boxes at participating Officeworks, Australia Post, Harvey Norman, JB HiFi and Good Guys stores. Or phone the Cartridges Hotline (1800 24 24 73). Businesses or departments using more than 3 cartridges per month can  register online for their FREE collection service.

Recycle them through Close the Loop, who have invented several technologies to safely shred & recycle ink & toner cartridges, toner bottles & other print consumables.

Sports equipment in reusable condition

Tennis balls & racquets:
Kids Tennis Foundation 

Sports shoes:
Shoes for Planet Earth – see their website for dropoff points

See also www.bootsforall.org.au ???

Op shops

KTA provides racquets and tennis balls for disadvantaged children throughout Australia.

Shoes for Planet Earth provides sports shoes to those in need in Australia and overseas countries.

Boots for All used to distribute quality, new and near-new sporting equipment to vulnerable Australians to enable sport participation. Not sure if they are still operating.

Toiletries (unopened, eg from hotels, airlines)

West Welcome Wagon

Provide for people seeking asylum

Towels, blankets, flat sheets, pillowcases, face washers

If towels, blankets, sheets etc are in excellent condition, try also op shops, The Avalon Centre, Eastern Emergency Relief Network or Donate Direct

Otherwise:
RSPCA Adoption Centres 
3 Burwood Hwy, Burwood East

RSPCA uses these for bedding and other requirements for animals in their care.

Used stamps (from envelopes)

Women of the University Fund
(supports various charities including children & youth ages 6-under 25, and financially disadvantaged people )
The Mews, Government House Grounds
1 Government House Drive
Melbourne 3004
(email wufmews@gmail.com)

OR

The Leprosy Mission
37-39 Ellingworth Parade, Box Hill 3128

OR

Used Stamps, Kidney Health Australia
GPO Box 9993, Melbourne  3001
125 Cecil St, South Melbourne

Trim and sort stamps, then sell to local stamp dealers and stamp collectors.

Whitegoods – especially fridges, freezers, washing machines & dryers

Whitegoods Refurbishment & Recycling Program (Kids off the Kerb)
Currently collects from the following councils:
Whittlesea, Yarra & Bacchus Marsh
– call 9982 5600 to arrange a collection time or visit their factory store in Thomastown.

Train young people to test, repair and clean the used whitegoods & electronics. Refurbished goods are sold with proceeds going back into the program. Otherwise they are used for spare parts or scrap metal recycling.

Xrays

Stonnington & Glen Eira Councils collect these at libraries.

Monash Waste Transfer Station also accepts them.

X-ray recycling mainly aims to recover silver from both films and chemicals. The silver is then sold into the precious metals market.

Residual chemicals are handled according to EPA requirements. Where possible they are recycled, or neutralised and disposed of as trade waste.

Something else to give away?

Advertise your second-hand freebies on one of the following websites with a photo.

Could be just what someone wants:

au.ziilch.com (note ii)

www.freecycle.org

Facebook: free stuff Melbourne

Facebook marketplace

www.ozrecycle.com

www.gumtree.com.au

If you find any issues with any of these, or have any more to add, please email your suggestions using our Contact form.
See also: Sustainability Victoria’s website for links to your local council’s waste and recycling services, and TerraCycle or Space&Time  for recycling of various other products.

   The amount of electricity saved by recycling a single aluminium can is enough to run the average television set for three hours.
– Clean Up Australia