Help Others When you Have a Clear-out

10 September 2013

Spring is well and truly in the air. It’s a great time to freshen up and clear out stuff you don’t need.

Man with goods from the Second Treasures shop at the Southern Landfill.

You can also help Wellington’s charitable organisations by donating usable goods to them. Jenny Rains, the Council’s Community Services Manager, says it always pays to think before you throw anything out.

“Your old curtains could help a family living in a cold house, or that working-but-old washing machine might do the trick for a refugee family.

“There are people in our community who could do with your help. By donating your unwanted items to the right place, you’re making a huge difference to someone else’s life - it’s that easy.”

Here are a few of our hard-working organisations that would like to hear from you:

The annual DCM Book Fair is dependent on donations - you can drop off unwanted books to them all year round.

We’re also proud supporters of the Sustainability Trust and the Wellington Curtain Bank. Through this, people on low incomes, and those who suffer from living in a cold, damp environment can get free recycled curtains installed in their home. There are several places around the city you can drop off your curtains: 
Wellington Curtain Bank - Sustainability Trust 

If you’ve upgraded your whiteware or other household items, but your old ones are still good quality, Refugee Services Aotearoa New Zealand could do with your donations - they’ll also come and collect.
Furniture and Household Donations - Refugee Services 

Other organisations that would welcome donations include the Soup Kitchen, Women’s Refuge, Barnardos, Plunket and Dress for Success. Give them a call first in case they’re overloaded.
The Soup Kitchen
Women’s Refuge
Barnados NZ
Donate Clothing - Dress for Success

Another option is to get to know your neighbours by having a ‘garage-swap’ instead of a garage sale.

And of course there’s always our Second Treasures shop at the Southern Landfill. Second Treasures accepts usable items and resells them at very low prices.
Landfill - Second Treasures Shop 

Another tip shop is Trash Palace at Spicer’s Landfill in Porirua.
Trash Palace - Mana Recovery 

For a list of recycling organisations, see:
Recycling - Donate Items