Can't sell your item?

Hey charityBay donors, 

Finding a new home for your pre-loved items through charityBay can sometimes not quite work out, but we want to equip you, with the information you need to correctly dispose or donate your items.

Firstly of course, we encourage you to make another listing of your item. Perhaps the lucky bidder just missed out on spotting their new piece to take home! At the end of the day, we’re all here to create a new revenue stream for those who need it the most.

If this doesn’t work out, we want to supply you with all the information needed to continue your sustainability journey and correctly dispose of your items. We have done the research for you, so check out some of the organisations available below:


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

If you’re here it means you want to make a difference, both to those in need and to the environment. As a nation, the next step we all need to take is to reduce our waste, reuse our items and recycle correctly.

So why don’t we give a new life to our items, perhaps with some TLC or a little DIY work, you could have yourself a brand new piece! And make sure to ask around to those closest to you, your family and friends are a great place to start gifting to. 

And never forget the power of a thorough clean, or a good sanding and a lick of paint – brand new!

Check out the links below for some inspiration with hundreds of repurposing ideas:





E-waste Recycling (any electronic with a plug, cord or battery)

Leaving e-waste items to go to landfill can be both hazardous to the environment, and a loss of valuable materials which can be repurposed into new items.

For more information, including what you can and can’t recycle, your local e-waste drop off point and many other options of passing on your electronics in a sustainable way, check out the link below to the City of Melbourne.

Melbourne: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/residents/waste-recycling/Pages/electronic-waste.aspx 

Sydney: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/e-waste-and-chemicals/e-waste

Adelaide: https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/resident/home-management/recycling-waste/electronic-and-hazardous-waste/

Brisbane: https://www.ewaste.com.au/brisbane-ewaste-computer-recycling/

Perth: http://www.perthewaste.com.au

Darwin: https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/live/waste-recycling/a-z-waste-recycling-guide


Furniture, Ceramic and White Goods

Resource Recovery Centre’s, also known as ‘tips’ or ‘transfer stations’, are facilities made available by your local council which accept good quality household goods and furniture to be sold on to a new home.

One of our main goals is to clean up our streets. Aren’t you tired of driving through your neighbourhood to see items literally dumped?  

Although transfer stations aren’t our first choice, they assist in reducing landfill on our streets and improve the chances of your pre-loved items being passed on or disposed of correctly. 

Check out the link below to learn more on the best way to pass on particular items and materials:

Melbourne: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/You-and-your-home/Waste-and-recycling/Furniture-and-household-items

Sydney: https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/re-use/SydneyNSW

Adelaide: https://recyclingnearyou.com.au/business/15929

Brisbane: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/clean-and-green/rubbish-tips-and-bins/waste-and-recycling-facilities/resource-recovery-centres

Perth: https://southperth.wa.gov.au/residents/waste-and-recycling/recycling-centre

Darwin: https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/how-dispose/recycle-shop


Hard-Waste Collections

Within your local council, all residents have access to at least one hard-rubbish collection each year. This may vary from council to council, and may be more frequent depending on your residence (ie. apartment blocks require more frequent collections). 

We suggest exhausting all other options before putting an item out for hard-rubbish. Hard-rubbish collections are for those items which cannot be brought back to life, and on top of that it is a very costly exercise for your council. The process consisting of picking up your items, reselling, repurposing and disposing of the ‘too-far-gone’ pieces. 

The council and their representatives will do their best to repurpose and donate your items, or break them down into pieces to be recycled into new. But let’s do our best to reduce the number of items we put out on our nature strips, to just lose its worth and be drowned out in the rain. 

We think our tax payers money could go towards a whole lot more!

Melbourne: https://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/residents/waste-recycling/Pages/hard-waste.aspx

Sydney: https://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/live/waste-and-recycling/book-a-pick-up

Adelaide: https://www.cityofadelaide.com.au/resident/home-management/recycling-waste/hard-waste-collection-for-residents/ 

Brisbane: https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/clean-and-green/rubbish-tips-and-bins/rubbish-collections

Perth: https://www.perth.wa.gov.au/live-and-work/residents/rubbish-waste-and-recycling

Darwin: https://www.darwin.nt.gov.au/live/waste-recycling/household-waste/overview


Are you donating on behalf of a business?


The best place to check out is https://businessrecycling.com.au/. Through this platform, your unsold items can be repurposed and sold on to the next business in need of some replacements. 

With all the information provided, we hope to have inspired some new habits in passing on your useful unwanted items. If you have other helpful ways to correctly recycle or repurpose items please get in contact with us! 

We can’t wait to hear from you!


Talk soon,

Team charityBay

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