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Reuse and Recycle Group Inc

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by Susan J Bowes (subscribe)
Writing for pleasure to showcase the best Australia has on offer.
Published September 18th 2020
Fun is finding great bargains to reuse or recycle
Thomas Fuller, historian, was quoted as saying "you never know the worth of water till the well is dry"; same goes for the amount of trash humans throw out in a lifetime. In the past, it would have gone into landfill and never broken down, but today we are more conscious of what is happening to our environment and what we can reuse or up-cycle.

Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Secondhand, Hobbies, Recycle, Environment, Fun Things to Do, Shopping
Reuse & Recycle Centre Maryborough (Author's Photo)


Fortunately. there are places like Reuse and Recycle Group Inc on the Fraser Coast, whose goal is to change the way people think about waste by implementing processes of sustainability and environmental benefits into the community. The group reduce landfill waste while also providing opportunities for training, employment and volunteering across the Fraser Coast Region. Not only does the group sell items, but they also re-craft recyclables into unique projects for community use.

Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Secondhand, Hobbies, Recycle, Environment, Fun Things to Do, Shopping
Need A Bicycle - Reuse & Recycle Maryborough (Author's Photo)


Across the Fraser Coast, the group's premises are situated at

* Maryborough Recycling Market, Saltwater Creek Road and Ariadne Street, Maryborough opens Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 8.00am to 4.00pm
* Hervey Bay Recycling Market, Chapel Road and North Aarlborg Road North Nikenbah opens Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 8.00am to 4.00pm

I visited on a Sunday in Maryborough and for no particular purpose other than to have a look around and perhaps find a bargain or something I could not live without. I did come away with a purchase of two light rusty metal items that I could see as a gate to nowhere in the garden at home.

Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Secondhand, Hobbies, Recycle, Environment, Fun Things to Do, Shopping
For the Handyman - Reuse & Recycle Maryborough (Author's Photo)


The land on which the Saltwater Creek Road business is situated is huge with masses of recycling building materials, old iron, hardwood, pine, tiles and bricks etc. If you needed a whipper snipper or an old mower, there was plenty to choose from along with pushbikes, golf clubs and plastic chairs. Inside the metal shed and out of the weather, there was an abundant supply of lounge seats, furniture, kitchen and electrical items, books, computers and more. One idea I have used in the past was obtaining the metal basin from the inside of an old washing machine or dryer, painting the outside or even glueing small tiles to the outside, creating a crafty large pot plant holder. I saw plenty of these at the Saltwater Creek Road premises.

Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Secondhand, Hobbies, Recycle, Environment, Fun Things to Do, Shopping
Reuse & Recycle Centre Maryborough (Author's Photo)


Parking is free on-site and you can drive your car over to the building materials area to load larger items. One of the business's staff is always roving with an ATM machine and printer, giving receipts even if only for a small amount. When renovating, it is handy to look back on what you have spent.

Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Secondhand, Hobbies, Recycle, Environment, Fun Things to Do, Shopping
Renovator's Paradise - Reuse & Recycle Maryborough (Author's Photo)


So, if you are looking for somewhere to go on a Saturday or Sunday, where there is plenty of space to wander around, the Fraser Coast Reuse and Recycle Centres are free to enter with plenty of things to view. You may come away with nothing or a car full; the choice is yours.
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Why? Why Not? Trash is Treasure!
When: Both Locations Cover Weekly Visits
Phone: 07 4194 2277 / 1300 443 805
Where: Maryborough & Hervey Bay Qld
Cost: Free Entry
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