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Published January 6th 2014
Your Trash Can Be Other's Treasure
Don't throw anything away… donate. Apart from the regular charity groups like the Salvos, Smith Family etc. that collect a range of things, there are specific groups that collect specific items for particular causes. This means they already have a clientele group. Your goods are needed and wanted and not left on shelves.
Many of the ideas in this article get kids involved in giving so they can feel the joy of giving to others and start a lifelong habit of service to others.
This article contains a list of things that that are wanted by charities so do not throw them out. It includes the contacts for each item.
In many countries, landfill from electronics is rising at an alarming rate. Put your old things to good use by donating to one of the following organisations and let them find the right home for your obsolete goods.
Computers The Rotary Club of Nundah started a non-profit organization called Computers 4 Kids that refurbishes ex government, corporate and private PCs for distribution to disadvantaged students of any age. Computers need to have a processor that is Pentium 4 or better, in good working order with the original driver disk. Unfortunately, they don't refurbish Apple Macs.
TVs If you have any unused TVs, mobiles, printers and printer cartridges, or computers, find out where you can drop them off for recycling.
Printer cartridges Drop off old and unwanted cartridges of any brand and type in special Cartridge 4 Planet Ark boxes. There are also collection boxes at: Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Tandy, Dick Smith Electronics. A free collection service from your office is also available.
Fridges The Brotherhood of St Laurence fridges program gives donated fridges a new lease of life by making them more energy- and cost-efficient. To arrange collection, please complete the collection form or phone 1300 DONATE (1300 366 283).
There are dozens of collectors of mobile phones that are easily located through a quick Internet search; the following is just one worthy example.
This organization is seeking to build specialised youth cancer centres for 15 – 30 year old cancer sufferers. They are not asking for money, just any old mobile phones lying around. The SIM cards are destroyed and then your mobile phone is refurbished and resold.
Any mobile phones that cannot be re-used, are broken down and parts, such as precious metals and plastics, are recycled.
CoolRunning was founded on the concern about the number of wearable quality running shoes thrown away when so many people in the world have to go barefoot and could still make use of the shoes.They have been taken over by Shoes For Planet Earth who collect old and discarded running shoes and pass them on to needy runners in the Australia and Pacific region.
Donate your old football boots and gear to Boots For All. This Victoria-based organisation collects quality, second-hand and new sporting equipment, cleans them up, and then gives them to disadvantaged teams across the country. This helps encourage kids who can't afford the equipment to participate in sport. Since the program started in 2006 they've given away more than 5000 pairs of boots and other sports equipment.
The GiveNow.com.au has a register of all organisations that accept bicycles.Donating a bicycle not only gives other kids to get their hands on a set of wheels, it also promotes sustainability. Bicycles of all sizes can be recycled, refurbished or even turned into wheelchairs. Some are given to kids locally, some to indigenous children in remote areas, and some to developing countries.
HCF Eyecare support Lions Recycle for Sight, in a program that distributes used glasses, lenses, non-prescription sunglasses or cases (hard, not soft). to poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. By donating your glasses you'll also help vision impaired people to enjoy better and more prosperous lives. Even the cases alone are useful as they can be used to aid shipping.