'Reduce, Reuse, Recycle', it's a lot easier than you may think. Some of those things you've kept tucked away in linen cupboards or stored in boxes may have more use than you thought. Create some space and do some good with these clever ideas that will make sure your old items are put to good use, and not to landfill.
Restore someone's vision with your old glasses thanks to the Lion Club
If you like to update your specs every few years then you are bound to have some old glasses that are still in good condition. Put them to use and donate them to the Lions Club who redistributes them throughout the world. Many optometrists have collection boxes located within their practice, however if you are unsure of the closest collection point to you then please speak to your local Lions club, or their National Office.
Lions Club National Office ph. 1800 655 201 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Help out a furry friend with your old blankets
Give a dog in need a warm bed. Photo credit: Bev Sykes.
With many animals lost or abandoned than can often be accommodated, supplies are always a welcome item for animal shelters. You probably have a lot of blankets, sheets and towels that are no longer in use that will certainly be helpful to our less fortunate friends. A great way to do this is through the RSPCA whose drop off details are listed below.
Please drop your donations off at the Burwood East branch located at 3 Burwood Hwy in the Animal Welfare Centre building there is a designated donations area. Please note the RSCPA cannot accept some items such as doonas, pillows or large carpet rolls.
Donations drop off: Burwood East Branch RSPCA
Animal Welfare Centre Building 3 Burwood Hwy Burwood East Burwood
Donations accepted during weekdays 8am – 7pm and weekends 8am – 6pm
Please contact the RSPCA Victoria Customer Service Team on (03) 9224 2222 or visit their website if you require further information.
Donate your bike
If you have an old bike that sits in your garage from a failed fitness attempt or lost hobby then donate it to this wonderful cause. 'Bicycles for Humanity' is an international organisation that gives donated bikes a welcome new home through Bicycle Empowerment centres.
They currently support projects in Namibia and Zambia and use the bikes to give much needed transport to their citizens. The bikes make access to things such as health, education and water much easier. Mountain bikes are mainly required to handle the tough terrain, though other bikes may be of use in other ways. Please visit their website for further information on this and how to donate.
Donate your unused Mobile
You're bound to have at least one unused handset in your household, so recycle it, and it couldn't be easier! Visit the Mobile Muster website to find a list of locations to drop it off, or download the postage form and post it free of charge.
What about those books gathering dust in your living room?
Clear off your bookshelf by donating your old books. Photo credit: Stewart Butterfield.
The Brotherhood of St Laurence has set up this extensive online bookstore which sells quality second hand donated books to raise funds for their organisation. Find out more and where you can donate your books, or even do a bit of shopping at their website
Wherever you choose to donate remember to always look carefully at the condition and requirements for donated items, as if they do not have use for your donation it may prove to be more cumbersome than helpful.
Hopefully this has provided a good list for you to do some good and clear out the garage, but if you have any other suggestions of helpful ways to get rid of your old things then please leave a comment below and add to the list!