Waste Avoidance

Before throwing something out consider reselling it, giving it away, or swapping it. The following services may help with working or usable household items.

Freecycle, or in the North Sydney area go to Freecycle Willoughby group (free to register).

Try these two Yahoo Groups Sydney North ReUseIt, plus the chat area in SydneyNorthsidecafe.

For bicycles try https://bicyclensw.org.au/recycling-bikes-in-nsw/


Before throwing something out consider giving it away to an op shop, or try a re-use and repair cooperative (two are listed below). 


Sydney Library of Things

Donate to the Sydney Library of Things, a non-profit community group hosted by North Sydney Council at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability in Waverton. Also check out their collection to hire useful but rarely used item from them to further reduce resource use. For more information go to https://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Environment_Waste/Get_Involved/Sydney_Library_of_Things


The Bower - reuse and repair centres

Do you have a preloved household item you no longer want but you don’t want going to landfill?

North Sydney Council now partners with The Bower - reuse and repair centres

They can come pickup and rehome items


Or you can shop at a Bower Centre for a range of refurbished items


They are an environmental charity and repair cooperative with classes, and can also refer you on to lots of other possible recycling services.


Call Mon-Fri 10-5pm on 9568 6280 or email info@bower.org.au  

Address: Building 34, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 10am to 4pm


Reverse Garbage

A creative reuse centre making a difference in the world by reducing waste and creating change in the way we look at resources. They inspire and support kids, adults, artists and teachers to consume less, make more, save money - and feel good doing it!

They accept donations on a case-by-case basis.



Call 9569 3132 or https://reversegarbage.org.au/about-us/contact/

Address: Hut 8, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville

Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm

Sunday: 10am to 4pm

(closed public hols)