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.
Bring it to Span
The benefits of reusing or recycling them
Recycle – We take these to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials.
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.
Reuse – We use these for various waste from art classes / projects.
Recycle – We recycle, via Nespresso, aluminium coffee capsules. Coffee is removed from the capsules to be mixed with soil for landscaping or used in compost. Empty recycled aluminium capsules are sent back to the aluminium industry to produce new products.
Reuse – We are collecting cool bags / packs from food deliveries for reuse by a local small business in their pet food deliveries. Please call to organise drop off of these items.
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 take small, unuseable tech items such as phones, cables or tablets to the Darebin Resource Recovery Centre for recycling through Council processes that reclaim valuable materials from these items.
Reuse – We are collecting gel packs from food deliveries for reuse by a local small business in their pet food deliveries. We have a lot at present, so please call to organise drop off to make sure we have enough space to store them.
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 collect bottle tops coded 2, 4 & 5 in partnership with the Rethink Recycling Co-op. Tops must be clean for everyones safety. To prevent mould, please rinse straight away or clean them in soapy water or in a laundry bag in the dishwasher.
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.
Reuse – We can pass on working phones, tablets or cords to various members of the community. Items must be clean, unbroken and have useful life left in them. Broken items can be diverted for recycling via e-waste.
Unfortunately we have had to stop the collection of soft plastics until a viable solution becomes available to us again.
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.