Moving or travelling to Sydney, Australia? Here are some local resources to help you get started to compost, reduce, reuse, recycle and shop with less waste.
Shop for food zero waste
Looking for something local? Tap into the braintrust on the Zero Waste Sydney Facebook group
Compost your food scraps
Sharewaste is an app that connects you to those nearby who have compost drop spots.
Ask a question about compost or worms or find someone to take your food scraps on the Compost Exchange, a Sydney-based Facebook group.
Compost Revolution is a program available in many council areas across Australia where the cost of composting equipment is subsidised.
Community City Farms and Community Gardens map – some will offer compost drop offs to community members.
Rehome housewares and clothing
OpShops are secondhand shops run by charitable organisations. In Sydney some of the common shops are Vinnie’s, Red Cross and Salvos,
There is an active culture of buy, sell or swap groups on Facebook, typically by region (Eastern Suburbs, Inner West, etc.).
Sell or give away for free on Gumtree.
Resell your clothing on Carousell.
The Relove Movement hosts regular clothing swaps in the Eastern Suburbs.
Recycle and repair
All of the following are free resources:
- Redcycle recycles soft plastics into park benches, fencing and playgrounds. Coles stores nationwide have a small collection bin at the front of the store. Here’s a guide to what soft plastics you can recycle.
- The NSW EPA has been expanding Community Recycling Centres around the state. there are now more than 80 centres that will accept paint, car batteries, scrap metal, batteries, light globes, polystyrene, soft plastics, e-waste and more from households. Find a centre near you.
- Light globes and batteries can go to IKEA.
- Batteries can go to any Aldi.
- End of life computers, TVs and accessories can go to any TechCollect drop spot location.
- TerraCycle is a lifesaver for hard to recycle items like empty makeup containers, contact lenses, and toothpaste tubes.
- IKEA Tempe is trialling a take back program for used IKEA furniture, as see on the ABC’s War on Waste program.
- The Bower Repair and Reuse Centre hosts repair cafes for bikes, electrical items, and wood items at Marrickville and Parramatta locations, where you can also shop secondhand goods.
- Transition Bondi runs a bike repair stall at the Bondi Farmers Markets on the second Saturday of the month.
For everything else, try recyclingnearyou.com.au and search by material. Or check with your local council, as each is a bit different. Or tap into the braintrust on the Zero Waste Sydney Facebook group
Borrow and share
Sydney LETS – buy, sell or provide services without money
The Sharing Map – access Sydney’s shared resources using this interactive map.
Transition Bondi hosts film nights, workshops and more in the Bondi area.
Pocket City Farms hosts events every week, and well worth a visit.
Responsible Runners host weekly social beach cleanups all over Sydney.
Boomerang Bags volunteers upcycle scrap material into reusable bags for the community to share. Find your nearest group.
Crop Swap Sydney hosts monthly swaps of back yard produce. Everyone is invited, even if you just wish you had a back yard.
Youth Food Movement often hosts events that are great for young adults.
If there is a great resource you know about, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to the page.