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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Recycling in Brisbane

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by Alison Muirhead (subscribe)
Doting grandmother and grey nomad who should join Volunteers Anonymous and is greatly in favour of a ten day week. So much to do, so little time.
Published April 30th 2013
Turning one man's trash into another man's treasure
After a domestic flood when the fridge water pipe burst, I had to look on the bright side. Firstly, there was no mud, secondly, nobody died, thirdly, my thirty-something daughter came home and cleaned out her room, and finally, I realised how much stuff which I just didn't need was cluttering up my house.


I filled three recycling bins with paper and cardboard from my other lives as teacher and inveterate hoarder. My husband contributed his life's work as an agricultural scientist. I allowed him to keep his PhD thesis, however. I couldn't be that tough. I wonder if the kids will be so accommodating when we shuffle off this mortal coil. And what about the pansy dish that Auntie Myrtle gave Mum and Dad as a wedding present?


What to do with the rest of my clutter?

Didn't know there was world record at stake for the collection of e-waste from 20-28 April? Well, it's never too late to do the right thing. Visit www.techcollect.com.au to find a FREE permanent drop off location near you or call 1300 229 837. E-waste is defined as computers and accessories, TVs and printers.

Another world record set for the breaking is the longest line of bras, currently held by Dargaville Girl Guides in New Zealand. Brisbane is after this record also, with second-hand bras going to those in need of some extra support here and overseas. By adding a gold coin you are helping fund raise for Breast Cancer research.

You can drop off your spare bras (with $1 per bra) to ABC Shops in Brisbane or 612 ABC Brisbane (114 Grey St, South Brisbane or post to Spencer Howson, GPO Box 9994, Brisbane Qld 4001), as well as at collection points around Australia.


If your spare items are in good shape, contact the Salvation Army on 3368 6340, Lifeline on 3632 1010, or Vinnies on 1300 551 894, for collection of large items such as white goods and furniture.

Givit will distribute your goods to specific folk in need through various charities. Currently Givit is calling for donations to help the homeless through Brisbane City Council's annual Homeless Connect to be held on May 29. See the Givit web site for more information.

Reverse Garbage, now based at 20 Burke Street Woolloongabba, is a give and take recycling centre. Industrial discards are bought by creative folk and turned into all sorts of decorative pieces. Go to the Reverse Garbage website for information on tours conducted by this organisation, which is helping to keep useful industrial waste out of landfill.


Curves at Brookfield Road Kenmore is more than a body sculptor. The gym ladies support Project Love and Care by donating used clothes and toys to children whose family home is no longer a safe place of residence.


They also help out the Rett Syndrome association by recycling their mobile phones.



When our fridge carked it, kindly neighbours lent us their beer and bait fridge. As gluttons for punishment, we now have a new ice making fridge, and the neighbours did not want to retrieve theirs. Here The Freecycle Network came to the rescue. I hope Storm, newly arrived from the UK, is enjoying her faithful Kelvinator and the freestanding fan my neighbour had put out for the Brisbane City Council's collection. You'll need the latter come December, Storm.

I am very pleased that the Council has finally established tip shops so that unwanted domestic goods are no longer subjected to the compactor.



Want to put a dollar value on your unwanted goods? The four most common options are eBay, Gumtree, hosting a garage sale, and attending a car boot sale.

It may not be Spring, but any time is a good time to have a good clean out of unwanted goods in a responsible manner. Remember, one man's trash will always be another's treasure.

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