What to do with things you don't want

Offer to others - online


Why not make a little money? People might buy the items you no longer want. Popular places to sell online are eBay, Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree. 

If you're not familiar with selling on these platforms, you could ask for advice (or maybe ask for some help) on a local good karma network Facebook group.  You can search for nearby groups on the Good Karma Effect website 


Op shops, charities and not-for-profits

Clothing donations

Diabetes Victoria can collect usable clothing. This is a free service as Diabetes Victoria is paid for the donations by Savers with funds going towards diabetes research and programs. 

Textile Recyclers Australia can collect textiles for recycling, repurposing and upcycling. There is a charge as this is a business that includes recycling, and research & development – turning textile waste into a resource.

Upparel can collect clothing and textiles for reuse and recycling. There is a charge as this is a business that recycles (reprocesses) textiles to make a recycled and recyclable material that can be used for packaging, signage and homewares. They also provide usable clothing to Australian charities, social enterprises and not-for-profits.

Furniture donations

Man with a Van has a list of charities in Melbourne willing to take items in good nick and redistribute them to households in need. 

Reduce waste in other ways...

The Sustainable Darebin Map on the City of Darebin website, has organisations and businesses in Darebin that are helping reduce waste in many different ways. Examples include, places you can donate batteries, businesses that single-use-plastic free, and places you can donate and buy second-hand.


Visit the Darebin Repair Cafe Facebook page to see when the next repair cafe is running. The repair cafe is run by volunteer fixers who repair broken household items with the item's owner. They run every second month in different Darebin locations. 

Ask on the Darebin Hard Rubbish Heroes Facebook group for repair recommendations. 

Darebin recycled goods shop (tip shop)

The recycled goods shop at the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre (the tip) accepts donations of many household items. The website lists items that can be donated to the shop for resale, and items that are accepted at the tip for safe disposal or recycling.

If it really is rubbish...

Find out where to recycle or dispose of items properly in Darebin, on Darebin A to Z waste and recycling guide (pdf on Darebin City website)

Some of the charities we support

Big Group Hug is a volunteer-driven not-for-profit organisation providing new and pre-loved material aid items to help families with children aged 0 to 16 years old who are experiencing hardship, disadvantage or vulnerability.   

Their headquarters is in Bundoora and they have a hub in Airport West.  The BGH team works closely with case workers, maternal & child health nurses,  other professionals and community support groups in order to protect every young child across Victoria from the adverse effects of disadvantage.

Big Group Hug accepts donations of pre-loved clothes, shoes, toys, bassinets, cots, prams, car seats, high chairs, bouncers, carriers and safety gates.

The list of acceptable items and steps to donate are on their website:  

Donate Goods | Big Group Hug  

RIMERN is a multi club Rotary project operating Inner Melbourne, providing furniture, appliances & homewares to welfare agency clients who have experienced homelessness, domestic violence, incarceration, refugee displacement and other crises.

RIMERN accepts donations of household items. The list of items they can and can't accept is on their website:

To offer donated goods - check they are acceptable then email

Please include your name, the address for collection, contact phone number, the date they must be removed by (if applicable), list of items and pictures of the larger items.