Links

Are your clothes too good to be thrown in the bin?
Do you want to outsource services?
Would you like to make money selling unwanted items?

These are some links you might find useful. This page will constantly be changing and the lists are by no means complete. We would love to hear from you if you know of  charity organisation or a business which we could add to the list. Thank you!

 

Donating

GivIt: An online service that connects people that have with people that need.

1800 Got Junk: Professional rubbish removal. Pick up almost anything, remove and sort it to recycle or dispose of. Get a 10 % discount when booking through an AAPO member!

Brotherhood of St Laurence: Free collection of clothing, household goods, furniture and white-goods.

3AW Weekends: Buy, Swap and Sale, every Saturday and Sunday from 6 – 8 am.

Fitted for Work: Women’s business clothes
Fitted for Work’s vision is financial independence for women and their mission is to help women experiencing disadvantage get work and keep it. Their free services include mentoring, interview preparation, personal outfitting, work experience and a range of transition to work and staying employed programs.

Angel Gowns Australia & New Zealand: Wedding Dresses
This volunteer organisation hopes to touch the hearts of everyone who has suffered the tragic loss of their baby. From donated wedding gowns they lovingly hand craft Angel Gowns which ar then gifted to Neonatal Intensive Care Units, and Hospitals all around Australia and New Zealand.

Uplift Project: Bras
This project is for women in disadvantaged communities when a bra is often unobtainable or unaffordable. Volunteers collect new and second hand bras and send them wherever they have requests.

Diamond Valley Railway: Tools
The volunteers running this miniature railway happily accept tools in any condition.

Men’s Sheds: Anything one can use in a workshop / shed
Men’s shed has many local groups and offer a variety of activities for their members who are retired, semi-retired or unemployed men. They contribute to the wider community and some of the groups are quite happy to accept donations such as tools. Please find your local shed and call them to find out what they are in need of.

Donate Your Car (Kids under Cover) Cars, boats on trailers, caravans, motorbikes, trucks etc, 
100 % of the sales proceeds are used to help prevent youth homelessness.

BlazeAid Post drivers, trailers, tarps, first aid equipment, sunscreen, radios, fuel cards etc, 
BlazeAid was born after the Black Saturday fires in 2009. The many volunteer workers help affected farmers to rebuild their fences after fires or floods. The wish list changes constantly, please check on their homepage what they currently need.

BrightSparks Blenders, hair straighteners, sewing machines, computers, mobile phones, lamps, shavers etc, 
Donate your unwanted or broken appliances to BrightSparks. Either at their workshop in Hadfield or donation points throughout Melbourne. They will give them new life and sell them in the shop or donate to people in need. Broken items will be repaired or recycled responsibly.

The House of Books, 508 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham, VIC 3132, 03 9874 2389: Books
They sell second hand books for all tastes and interest. The sales profit is used to assist those in need in the surrounding suburbs.

The Little LibraryBooks 
Donate your unwanted books to this little library located at Melbourne Central, Cnr LaTrobe and Swanston Streets, Melbourne, VIC 3000. Melbourne Central is committed to supporting the community around them. The mission of the Little Library concept is to promote literacy and the love of reading by offering a free book exchange.

My Top Tip: If a garment is not good enough to be worn by you, why would it be good enough for anybody else? Only donate items in good condition!

 

 

Recycling

Recycling Near You
This site contains information about the recycling and waste services offered by your council as well as local drop-off options for items including computers, batteries, printer cartridges, mobile phones and many more.

Freecycle
The Freecycle Network™ is made up of over 5,000 groups with almost 10 million members around the world. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Local volunteers moderate each local group. Membership is free.

1800 Got Junk
A full-service rubbish removal company that recycle, donate, or dispose of rubbish responsibly. They remove and pick up everything from mattresses, furniture, computer and more. It is charged by the volume.

 

These are collection points for specific recycling items. Some of them are very region-specific, you might find similar ones in your area.

Mobile Phones
  • Melbourne Zoo
    You can send your old mobile phones to the zoo for recycling and help to save gorillas from extinction.
  • Mobile Muster
    Get a free recycling satchel from Australia Post and send your phone to a Mobile Muster Collection Point.
Globes and Fluorescent Tubes
  • Recycling & Recovery Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty
  • Edendale Community Environment Farm, Gastons Road, Eltham
  • Civic Centre, Civic Drive, Greensborough
  • Mitre 10, Diamond Creek
  • IKEA

 

Household Batteries
  • Recycling & Recovery Centre, 290 Yan Yean Road, Plenty
  • Mitre 10, Diamond Creek
  • ALDI
  • Bunnings
  • Coles
  • IKEA
  • Officeworks

 

Printer Toner Cartridges
  • NextComm Computers, 70 Main Hurstbridge Road (next to Blockbuster), Diamond Creek
  • Pro-bit computers 6/60 Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek
  • Diamond Creek Post Shop, 16/72 Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek

 

Paint
  • Banyule Waste Recovery Centre, Corner Waterdale Rd and Banksia Street, Bellfield
  • Nillumbik hard waste collection

 

Glasses and Hearing Aids

Magnets are unfortunately not recyclable and need to go in the rubbish bin.

Selling

E-Bay Online auction service. Free to join, fees applicable for some advertising options and when item is sold.

Facebook There are plenty of local ‘Buy, Swap, Sell’ groups. It’s free but you need a Facebook account before you can join a group and start selling, buying or swapping.

Gumtree Free local classified ads. Selling and buying online service. No fee.

3AW Radio Free buy, swap and sale service, call in or send e-mail. Every Saturday and Sunday from 6 – 8 am.

Trading Post Largely free advertising service.

Craiglist Local classifieds and forums. Community moderated and largely free.

eBid Online auction service. Free to join, selling fee applicable.

Many Little Creations Second-hand quality children’s furniture, play equipment and toys in Macleod (Melbourne). Buying the items and picking them up from you.

My Top Tip: Selling on e-bay is quite time consuming. Think twice whether it is really worth your while. Generally speaking, clothes and toys are hard to sell if they are not really good quality or brand. Ask a professional for advice or even commission someone to sell your items.

 

Photo Organising

APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers – provides personal photo organisers with training, support, and tools to help their communities manage their photos and preserve their lost stories. Find your local photo organiser in their directory or give me a call on 0413 216 589 if you’re in the Melbourne area.

Creative Memories Australia are back! Please go to http://www.creativememoriesau.com/user/chantalimbach for your scrapbooking supplies or let me know how I can help.

 

Time savers

Coles Online shopping service. Deliveries 7 days a week.

Woolworths Online shopping service. Deliveries 7 days a week.

Aussie Farmers Online shopping service.

Fresh and Healthy Box Free home delivery in the City of Whittlesea area.

Hello Fresh Home delivery of recipes including the exact ingredients.

Organic Origins Home delivery of boxes full of organic fresh food.

 

Electronic helpers

Cozi is a free app that helps manage the family schedule, organise shopping lists and to do lists, and capture memories—all in one place. It works on any computer, phone or tablet.

Google Now The right information at the right time – Google Now works in the background so you don’t have to. Your information is automatically organized into simple cards that appear just when they’re needed.

SiteBlock A free app that runs on Google Chrome and blocks sites to stop distractions and procrastination.

 

Various links

Do Not Mail Service Register to stop receiving addressed and unsolicited mail.

Do Not Call Register Register to stop telemarketing calls.

Pottery Barn Clever modular organising products for home offices. Based in Sydney but they ship their products, too.

CityMove Local and interstate removals and storage. Clients of AAPO members are eligible for a 10% cash rebate that can be distributed as credit, services or deposit.

Shred On Site A shredding service that comes to you.

Buy Me Once finds and promotes products that don’t break the bank, don’t break the planet… that don’t break at all! They also challenge manufacturers to break their habits and build stuff that really lasts.

Life Space offers home storage and garage storage solutions in Australia.

 

 

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