Aiming for a combined environmental and social good with as much of this as possible, we’re working to find solutions for materials that bug or perplex us in our homes!

Think of things that can’t be put in your home recycling system, or things that technically can be recycled but have a higher value in being reused in some way. 

For reuse and recycling, we will generally do this through collections on site and partnerships to manage the materials elsewhere. 

In terms of repair, we will be working with others to create links, set up repair events or deliver workshops to upskill people to do their own repairs or help others in the community with this.

This is an evolving piece with us starting with some basics and working to add more and more options over time.

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Bring it to Span

Items

The benefits of reusing or recycling them

Recycle – We bring these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.

Reuse – We are now a central collection point for Aussie Bread Tags for Wheelchairs who use these to generate funds for wheelchairs in South Africa. Counter top collection boxes can be ordered from ABTfW and collected from us by arrangement.

Reuse – We can reuse 5L and 10L buckets with lids in our food waste collections for our community composting program. Please contact us to discuss this.

Recycle – We bring these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.

Reuse – We are collecting these for the Reverse Art Truck so they can be used in various art initiatives they support in the community.

Reuse – We use these as carbon for our food waste composting system or pass them on to others in the community that request them for their own reuse. We will also donate to Reverse Art Truck as they need them for crafty good times too.

Reuse – We collect these from the FareShare and the broader community and provide these for reuse locally. We are keen to explore more reuse options so if you have ideas, please let us know!

Recycle – We bring these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.

Reuse – We use this to create compost to improve the soil in our community garden. As we grow we hope to support other gardens.

Reuse – We are trialling providing these to members of the local food relief network so they can transport food safely to those in need but are keen to explore more reuse options so if you have ideas, please let us know!

Recycle – We bring these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.

Recycle – We provide working phones to locals that need them or bring these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.

Community Support – We provide these to people in our community that need help with food relief. Items we always need include rice, pasta, tinned tuna, tinned beans, tinned tomatoes, sauce jars / packets and crackers.

Reuse – We are collecting these to work with a local business as they experiment with integrating the recycled plastics into their products. Please clean your tops in soapy water or in a laundry bag in the dishwasher to prevent mould.

Reuse – We provide these to Boomerang Bags Thornbury / Northcote to help them with materials to make reusable bags for our community or for local craft activities.

Recycle – We bring these to other local RedCycle drop off points and are working to deliver a better solution for this. If you are going to the supermarket yourself, please bring your plastics with you to save space for those that need it at Span.

Reuse – We are partnering with Team Jake to get these CLEAN materials out to pet rescue and other uses in the community. We can accept various pet parapheanlia as part of this collection as well. Please call to discuss if you have questions.

Recycle – We bring these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.

Community Partnerships & Links

Span is partnering and working with other local organisations active in the repair and reuse space to support them and connect the community in with their great work.

Our main Project Partners for the RRR Hub are Darebin Hard Rubbish Heroes (DHRH) and Transition Darebin and we are delighted to be working with these amazing people to jointly address sustainability issues in our community.

We will develop more relationships as we go, but if you see a way for Span to support work your involved in locally, please get in touch for a chat. 

We all know and love these guys and the great work they do in our community! 

You can post on their very active Facebook page to get items from you to someone that wants them locally. Direct reuse in action!

DHRH and Span will collaborate on a number of events in the coming months to support upcycling and skill building in the community.

Part of the worldwide Transition Network which sees the need to adapt to diminishing resources and a rapidly changing global climate, these guys are stalwarts of sustainable living in Darebin, involved in so many things to support the community.

From Repair Cafes, food swaps, Boomerang Bag support and sustainability workshops they do lots and through this project will do even more.

Join them on their Facebook page to keep up to date with events as they are announced.