Australia has an established network of free re cycling depots and websites. It’s a fantastic system that has grown from community co-operation and works down to at a street-by-street level.
The digital revolution is both global and local and community recycling is one of the best examples of how this all works in Austalia.
Here’s our guide to some of the best.
The Oz Recycle Community is an Australian Recyclers Community helping our environment by reducing landfill.
How does OZ Recycle do this? By giving away and getting things for free instead of throwing them out to the tip or into the wheelie. Since the site was launched they have seen items large and small offered for free through their classifieds.
These items have included pianos, cars, books, televisions, dolls, stamp collections, sewing machines, wedding dresses, building materials, windows, artwork, antique furniture, fridges, stoves, tents, dog kennels (but they say with great emphasis, not dogs), printers, computers, used DVD discs and cassette tapes, fish tanks, musical instruments, and a whole lot more. Have you got something lying around that someone else could use? Give it away instead of throwing it away.
The Freecycle Network® is made up of 5,000+ groups with over 9 million members across the globe. So far there’s 110 countries It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Membership is free, and everything posted must be free, legal and appropriate for all ages. As a nonprofit, The Freecycle Network's server and operating expenses are funded by corporate underwriting, on-site advertising (in the form of a Google sponsor bar), grants and individual donations. Groups are run by volunteer moderators and members take part in the worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources and eases the burden on our landfills.
In Australia freecycle.org is well established in every state, capital city and town.
I highly recommend joining up. There’s some great gifts to be had and your doing your bit for the environment.
Ziilch is a free community driven website that provides Australians a way to give away items they no longer want to other people who may need them. Since it's launch, Ziilch has been visted by over 2.5 million Australians and most items listed are typically collected within hours. It's free to list items on Ziilch and it's free to take them. Ziilch encourages social responsibility and supports environmental sustainability by keeping good stuff out of landfill.
You need to become a member to request FREE stuff or give away second hand stuff you don't want anymore! Be a part of creating a “re-use” revolution!
Here are the three steps to giving stuff away:
Step One: Snap a photo with your smart phone and write a description.
Step Two: Pick someone to give it to.
Step Three: Pop it on your porch ready for collection