The amount of waste you produce is directly related to the amount of stuff you consume. So take every opportunity to avoid overconsumption and ensure you reuse materials and recycle everything else. Visit http://yourenergysavings.gov.au/waste for useful information about waste reduction.
If you want to meet other residents and get involved in hands on activities visit the Green Living Centre. The Green Living Centre is an Inner West Council and City of Sydney joint initiative and is a great contact point for residents wishing to obtain tips and advice on how to live more sustainably.
Consider selling or donating you unwanted items, such as clothes, books, toys and furniture before booking a clean up collection, as your items will end up going to landfill.
Do your bit to avoid waste and donate unwanted items to the following organisations:
- The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre
The Bower accepts donations of pre-used items from the community and also repairs electrical goods for resale. The Bower also runs a collection and rehoming service free for Marrickville Council residents.
- Reverse Garbage
An environmental co-operative that accepts donations and sells commercial discards for all sorts of creative projects.
A not-for-profit network that enables members to find homes for unwanted things, or find unwanted things to take home. Membership is free and based on location.
- St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies)
Donations of clothes, household goods and furniture are distributed to families in need. All extra donations are sold at Vinnies stores and centres.
- The Smith Family
Accepts donations of good wearable clothing and accessories for sale in their retail stores. Unusable clothes are recycled by the SF clothing recycling arm into products such as rags and home insulation. This service also extends to handbags, shoes, linen and blankets in the Sydney Metropolitan area.
- Salvation Army
Accepts good quality clothes, accessories, bric-à-brac and other household items for sale in the Salvos stores.
- Dress for Success
Not-for-profit organization that provides interview suits, confidence boosts, and career development to low-income women in over 75 cities worldwide.