Here’s a list of places you can recycle or donate items. If you’re a SORTED client – we’ll recycle many of these items on your behalf!
UPDATE: one of the easiest places to donate unwanted goods is on Facebook. Simply search in your area for “pay it forward” “free stuff” or “buy/swap/sell/donate” type groups. Normally you’ll be asked to join as many of the groups are private, but it’s often the easiest way to ensure your unwanted items go straight into the hands of someone who wants/needs them!
This is not a comprehensive list but an excellent starting point. You can also use the search tool at www.recyclingnearyou.com.au but if you want a quick fix, read on! We welcome your additions, corrections etc, please post them below and I will update the list.
- BABY ITEMS – St Kilda Mums, The Nappy Collective
- BATTERIES (see also Hearing Aids) – Aldi, Officeworks, ikea.com.au
- BOOKS – can be ‘set free’ via Bookcrossing.com
- BRAS, NEW UNDERWEAR, BATHERS, SOCKS (including odd socks) – The Uplift Project
- BLOOD – The Red Cross
- BUSINESS CLOTHING (Womens)- Fitted for Work
- BUSINESS CLOTHING (Mens and Womens)- Wear for Success
- CAMERAS – www.camerarecycle.com.au
- CAR – see “motor vehicles”
- CDS – Try Lifehacker.com.au
- COATHANGERS (metal dry cleaning kind) – return to your local dry cleaner
- COMPUTERS, CABLES AND ACCESSORIES – Givenow.com.au
- CORKS – Melbourne Zoo’s Cork for the Elephants programme is no longer running but you can try GiveNow. IF you’d still like to support the Melbourne Zoo, they’ve launched a new initiative called They’re Calling on You where you can donate your old mobile phones.
- CURRENCY, FOREIGN & LOCAL – Unicef Change for good (detailed information available on where to donate)
- HEARING AIDS AND ACCESSORIES – Ears Inc (please remove batteries first)
- KNITTING & SEWING PROJECTS – Knit-one-give-one and Aware Wildlife
- LIGHT GLOBES – Fluroescent globes can be donated to your local “green” store, IKEA
- MATTRESSES – IKEA (when you purchase a new mattress)
- MEDICATIONS – unwanted or out of date – return to your local pharmacy.
- METAL – take to your local metal recycler
- MOBILE PHONES – mobile muster
- MOTOR VEHICLES – Kids Under Cover
- NAPPIES The Nappy Collective
- ORGAN DONATION – Donate Life
- PENS, PENCILS, TEXTAS, CRAYONS – The pencil project (The Australian equivalent is no longer operating)
- POLYSTYRENE – First try your local council, and also EPS
- PLASTIC PACKAGING (soft)- Redcycle via Coles and Safeway Supermarkets
- PRESCRIPTION GLASSES, including sunglasses, hard cases, and single lenses – One Sight
- SCHOOL CLOTHES (not donate, buy and sell) – The sustainable School Shop
- SEWING SUPPLIES – TCFWA
- STAMPS – a list of charities can be found at GiveNow.com.au
- SHOES – Soles4souls.com.au
- TONER CARTRIDGES – JB HiFi, Officeworks
- TOWELS, LINENS (no pillows) – Your local vet or animal rescue, some pet stores will collect on your behalf for Lost Dogs Home or RSPCA
- VHS tapes – try your local council
- XRAYS – Siltech Pty Ltd
Many charities and shelters collect clothing, toiletries, food stuffs, toys, and mobile phones for displaced men, women and children. Here’s just two to get you started (I’d like more on this list if you have contacts)
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
SHE Rescue Home
- Diabetes Australia
- St Vincent De Paul
- Brotherhood of St Laurence
- Red Cross
- Most don’t take electrical goods but you could try www.givenow.co.au. Another suggestion Green nose for SIDS is the donation arm of Red Nose. They take electrical goods, toys, just about everything that most of the other companies won’t take. They have some drop off points and also come and collect. This is Melbourne only I think. http://greennose.org.au
You might also like to sniff out your local “Free” Facebook group that facilitates donations of just about anything. If you don’t have one in your area, try “Facebay” on Facebook.
If you’re in the USA, Check out Miss Minimalist’s comprehensive list here.
Australian Professional Organisers – you are welcome to use this list on your own website but please use a link (so you will always have the most current version) rather than cutting and pasting. Cheers!