Avoiding waste- Reuse Repair Share

Australians are some of the largest per capita waste producers in the world, behind only the USA and Canada. Waste sent to landfill is costly to manage, creates carbon emissions, and means valuable resources are no longer part of the productive economy. Reusing, repairing and sharing are part of a more sustainable lifestyle.


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

Reverse Garbage collects and resells industrial and commercial off-cuts 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

Arnies Recon

Arnies Recon offers a bookable pick up of electronics and appliances. They accept working or broken electronics and have no minimum or maximum requirements of what they can pick up. Phone 0472 629 154.

The Reconnect Project

The Reconnect Project accepts all makes and models of mobile phones and tablets, regardless of their age or condition. They work with women's refuges, homelessness agencies, refugee and asylum seeker support services and youth outreach programs to help close the digital divide.


You can help charities by donating good condition secondhand goods they can resell to raise money for their programs. Drop off or ring for a pick-up:

Ensure you drop off your items during store opening hours.

Give away unwanted items online

Need something gone quickly - try the 'free' sections of online listings sites to efficiently give away household items you no longer need. Try these local groups:

Join a swap party

Swapping is the new shopping! 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 and The Relove Movement also hold regular swap events around Sydney.

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

Sell items online

Make some cash from your trash by advertising your unwanted goods online through websites like Gumtree, apps like Olio, auction sites like Ebay, or community groups like Eastern Suburbs Buy Swap Sell. In addition, advertising in your local community newspapers or on community noticeboards is also a good alternative.

Have a garage sale

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 items, we retain their value and keep them functioning longer.

Many other privately run repair businesses can bring shoes, clothing, electrical goods and more back to use.


Save money, space and the environment by borrowing instead of buying, and enable a stronger community.

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

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