Where to take those items that can’t be donated

Recently we have all spent a lot more time at home. All this extra home time as inspired people to start their spring cleaning a little early! Now that everything is opening up again you may be wondering where you can take it all. Op-shops take plenty of items from books, bric-a-brac, clothing to furniture. But what about those other items that you can’t donate? We have compiled a list of organisations that can help you recycle those items. 

An important note: while charities do accept a lot of our pre-loved items not all of them can accept big items (e.g. furniture, white goods ). To find out if your local charity accepts these items just check on their website or give them a call. 

1. MobileMuster

MobileMuster is a program funded by all major handest manufacturers and network carriers. It provides free mobile phone recycling in Australia.

They will accept any brand of mobile, their batteries, chargers and accessories. There are multiple drop off points or alternatively you can order a free mailing label to post the mobile directly to them.

2. TechCollect

Is a free national recycling service for computers, computer accessories and TVs.

3. Boomerang Bags

Uses leftover quilting fabric, doona covers or pillow cases to make re-useable bags to tackle plastic pollution.

4. Local veterinary clinics or animal shelters

Give your local vet a call and ask if they need any donations of bedding, blankets and towels for the animals.

5. Snuggle coats

Recycles old real fur products to use in rehabilitation of animals to provide comfort.

6. Lions club

Collects old glasses to use for the program Recycle for Sight Australia.

7. Totally workwear

Got some old workboots lying around? Totally workwear will accept old boots and use them to make new workboots.


Manrags have expanded their initiative and they are now accepting worn-out clothing, linen and shoes for reuse and recycling. To make things easier for you, you can book a collection from your door. 

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