If you have any unwanted household goods book a free collection with The Bower – an incredible enterprise kitting out social housing and helping to save the environment. 

Anyone looking to up their sustainability game in 2024 should get acquainted with The Bower Reuse & Repair Centre. For over two decades, this award-winning charity has been championing the art of reuse and repair, with a range of initiatives dedicated to upcycling household goods. With more than 34,000 goods repaired and almost 5 million kilograms saved from landfills, The Bower is inviting Ku-ring-gai locals to join their sustainability movement.  

Do You Have Unwanted Goods?

You can turn your unwanted household goods into another person’s treasure by donating them to The Bower. Drop-offs are welcome to their shop at Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville (just make sure to call before to check they have space for your donation). However, Ku-Ring-Gai locals can also organise a free collection, which is also available to other participating councils, including Lane Cove, Mosman, North Sydney and Willoughby.

What Can You Donate?

The Bower accepts items including furniture, white goods, small electronics, gardening items, kitchenware, doors and windows, bric-a-brac, bikes and bike parts, timber and plumbing. However, they won’t accept baby and children’s items, fans, dishwashers, bed bases, gas appliances, mattresses, office furniture, ovens, printers, and pianos (see the full list here.) 

What Happens To Your Donations?

The Bower sells all pre-loved goods to the community at a low cost or donates them to people in need via their House to Home program. Through this inspiring charity initiative, their team completely outfits social housing for vulnerable members of the community, including those who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, or displacement.

What Services Do They Offer?

The Bower is all about empowering the community to adopt its reuse and recycle mentality at home, so they run repair cafes, offer electronic and bike repair services, and host weekly repair workshops – this is currently all on the other side of the Bridge but stay tuned for more Bower magic coming this way. More than 23,000 people have participated in their workshops, covering everything from home DIY and carpentry to clothing and furniture repairs. The Bower even offers Australia’s only tiny house-building course with reclaimed materials. 

You can help rewrite the narrative on waste by donating household goods and booking a collection now. Find out more about their stores here, or shop pre-loved goods online here


The Bower 

Address: Hut 34, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville

Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-5pm + Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

Website: https://bower.org.au/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thebowermarrickville/ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebower/ 

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