A tip of the hat to waste station shop
THE old adage that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure is alive and well thanks to a reuse shop at the Mathieson Road Waste Transfer Station in Chidlow that has celebrated its first year of operation.
The purpose-built sea container, known as Grab n Go @ Mathieson, gives residents the opportunity to recycle household items and help themselves to anything for free for which they may have a use.
Mathieson Road Transfer Station team leader Neil said there were some heart-warming finds for residents.
“Recently an older married couple came to the station and said their doctor had told them to purchase an exercise bike,” he said. “They asked if we had any working exercise bikes at the Grab n Go shop and funnily enough – and luckily for them – an exercise bike had been dropped off only the day before and in great condition.
“The couple was ecstatic and returned home with a good-as-new exercise bike free of charge.
“On another occasion, a man found a box of vintage tools.
“He asked staff whether he could take a couple home, so we told him he was welcome to take the whole box. He was thrilled and said the tools were exactly the same as the ones his dad used to have.
“So what had originally been someone’s ‘throwaway’ brought back sentimental memories for someone else.”
With the Shire of Mundaring’s annual bulk rubbish collection under way, Shire President David Lavell said it was a perfect opportunity for residents to reconsider whether some items originally destined for the tip could be salvaged before going to landfill.
“Think of all the natural resources used to create everyday items that we use around the home, and all the energy and effort that has gone into making these things,” he said.
“Instead of wasting these resources in landfill once we have finished using them, we can rethink our rubbish and choose to reuse, upcycle and recycle.”
EMRC employee Neil says there’s a range of interesting items at the tip shop.