Avoiding waste- Reuse Repair Share

Australians are some of the largest waste producers (per capita) in the world, coming in behind only the USA and Canada.

There are easy steps we can all take to help reduce waste such as buying only what you need and reusing and repairing items rather than throwing them away.

Whether you reuse items yourself or give them away, you'll be keeping things out of landfill.

Remember that the first step to a more sustainable lifestyle and planet is to avoid waste – refuse what you do not need.


Extend the life-cycle of an item you may no longer need by donating or selling it.


The Bower reuse and repair co-op

  • The Bower Collection and Rehoming Service provides Waverley Council residents with reuse and rehoming options for items that are still in good condition. The Bower can collect good quality reusable items direct from your home. They will collect, repair and resell goods diverted from the municipal waste stream. Phone 9568 6280.

  • Check out The Bower’s Reuse Database – a great tool to help you rehome or dispose of the items in the most sustainable way possible. It also finds places to repair your household items

Reverse garbage

Industrial and commercial off-cuts are collected for reuse in art projects and for education purposes. The Marrickville warehouse is open to the public so have a look - you never know what interesting, unusual and useful items you’ll find! Phone 9569 3132


You can help charities by giving them second-hand goods that are in working order to sell and raise money for continuing their great work. Drop off or ring for a pick-up:

Ensure you drop off your items during store opening hours.

Give away unwanted items online

Join or throw your own swap party

Swapping is the new shopping! Get along to a local one, bring along something you don't want and swap it for something you do. Or create your own swap party with friends - it can be clothes, shoes or appliances!

Find out Council’s next Clothes Swap event by emailing us. Organisations such as The Clothing Exchange also hold regular swap parties around Sydney.

A Clothes Swap Party in action as part of National Recycling Week

Sell items for reuse

Make some cash from your trash by advertising your unwanted goods online on auction sites like Ebay, Gumtree or Eastern Suburbs Buy Swap Sell.
Advertise in your local community newspapers or on community noticeboards.

Have a garage trail

You can hold your own garage sale any time, and you don’t even need a garage! Plus you get to meet the neighbours and have a fun day. Keep an eye out for sales in your neighbourhood or wait until the annual Garage Sale Trail, a national event that started right here in Bondi Beach.


When things become worn or stop working, they often end up in the bin. By fixing and maintaining these things, we can keep them functioning longer.


Save money, space and the environment by joining the sharing economy, giving you access to things without needing to own them.

Check the tricky waste items page for more information on recycling e-waste, ink cartridges, mattresses, chemicals and other tricky items.

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