Explore the interactive Sustainable Darebin Map for places you can visit to borrow, share, donate, buy second-hand and take items for repair and recycling.
Mend and repair broken items
If you have an item that is broken, torn or needs fixing, you can give your items a second life by repairing them and saving them from landfill. If you are not sure how, you can visit a local Repair Cafe
session, visit one of Darebin's local repair businesses
, or go online to view the many great videos on mending, DIY, and repair tips and tricks.
Re-home or Donate Good Quality Items
There are a range of repair and reuse options you can consider if your items are in good condition or need minor repairs.
Darebin Hard Rubbish Heroes (DHRH) are a community-run Facebook group, who help save usable items and materials from landfill. Darebin residents can post their unwanted items to the DHRH page to help find the item a new home, or can post a request to be contacted by DHRH to discuss other options for their items.
You could also try advertising online through Facebook Marketplace, Good Karma Network, Gumtree, Trading Post, eBay or freecycle.
Unwanted bicycles and bicycle parts can be donated to WeCycle - a volunteer-run community bikeshed in Northcote. Donated bicycles are refurbished and re-homed to people who need them. For more information on donating bicycles visit the WeCycle website here.
Unwanted baby and children's accessories and toys in good condition can be donated to Big Group Hug for re-homing. Find more information on what is accepted and how to donate here.
You can also donate in store to local op shops in Darebin – find your local store on our Darebin Op Shop guide map or on the Sustainable Darebin Map. The funds raised from selling your second-hand items help improve social outcomes and support people who experience disadvantage. Ensure your items are in good condition. Please note that some op shops may be closed during the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you have items to donate please phone ahead to ensure the store is open and you can donate responsibly. You can also save your donations for when stores reopen or check if they have a donation bin available.
Darebin Resource Recovery Centre
The Darebin Resource Recovery Centre is open year round and accepts a large range of items for reuse, recycling and safe disposal – many are accepted for free.Visit www.darebin.vic.gov.au/resourcerecovery for a full list of accepted items and fees and charges.
Community Recycling Stations
Council's community recycling stations are located at each Customer Service Centre and at Bundoora Park Visitor's Centre. They accept household quantities of:
- Household batteries (please tape all 9V and 6V batteries at the terminals, small cell batteries should be wrapped in tape before being placed inside the station)
- Light globes and compact fluorescent tubes (CFLs)
- Cameras and accessories (remember to wipe your data)
- Mobile phones and accessories (remember to wipe your data)
- DVDs, CDs and video tapes
We are no longer accepting corks and ring pulls in the community recycling stations. Ring pulls can be left on aluminium cans and placed in your recycling bin. There is currently no recycling option for cork in Australia. However, they can be reused for craft purposes, as garden mulch or can be placed in a compost bin (not your green waste bin).
If you have large quantities of the above items, please visit the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre. Fees may apply.
If you have commercial quantities of the above items, please visit Planet Ark's Business Recycling website for options.
Household Chemical Disposal Program
The Detox Your Home program is a free disposal service provided by Sustainability Victoria for most household chemicals, liquid waste and fertilisers. Collected items are recycled for recovery and diverted from landfill. Visit the Detox Your Home website to find the next drop off day in Darebin.
Phone: 8470 8888