Reduce and reuse
The best way to reduce waste is to avoid creating it in the first place.
Victorians are reducing their waste by:
- purchasing only what they need
- reducing food waste in the home (Love Food Hate Waste has lots of tips)
- saying no to plastic bags and using reusable bags instead—reusable fruit and vegetable bags are also available
- buying items with the least amount of packaging or packaging that is recyclable
- avoiding disposable products and buying products which are durable, reusable or recyclable
- repairing instead of replacing
- reducing their resource and energy usage
- buying products in bulk or concentrated form to reduce packaging.
If you have items you no longer need, and they are in good, working condition, consider:
Donating to charity
Donating to charity helps others in need and reduces the environmental damage from production of new items.
- Ask friends or family members.
- Donate to your local charity store during opening hours. Contact your local charity store to see if they will collect large items.
- Use GiveNow to find where to donate to charity or other not for profit organisations.
Due to mandatory safety standards many op shops do not accept prams, strollers, change tables, cots, portacots, highchairs, car restraints, and bouncers. St Kilda Mums is a volunteer group that collects and re-homes baby goods through various charities and maternal health units. Due to the nature of these donations there are a number of important requirements that need to be adhered to. Please visit the website to see what items are accepted and to find out more about these requirements before offering a donation.
Drop off your old or unused spectacles or sunglasses at your local Specsavers store. The spectacles will be donated to people in need overseas as part of the Lions Recycle For Sight program.
Giving it away, selling it or swapping it online
Advertise through your building e.g. noticeboard, newsletter, Facebook group.
You can recycle unwanted household items through resale centres at several resource recovery and transfer stations across Melbourne:
- Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
- Knox Transfer Station
- Melton Recycling Facility
- Nillumbik Recycling and Recovery Centre
- Outlook Waste Transfer and Recycling Centre (Hampton Park)
If the item doesn’t work, consider:
Local waste services
- Your council’s hard waste collection or local waste transfer station.
- Arrange immediate collection through a private contractor – search ‘waste removal’ online.
Last updated: 26/03/2021