Neigh­bours’ trash turns to trea­sure

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The Auck­land Coun­cil and com­mu­nity social web­site Neigh­bourly are work­ing to­gether to cre­ate a ded­i­cated on­line space that en­ables peo­ple to of­fer their un­wanted items to oth­ers in their neigh­bour­hoods.

The newly cre­ated sec­tion is a boost to the coun­cil’s in­or­ganic col­lec­tion ser­vice.

The coun­cil is en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to sell or do­nate their un­wanted re­us­able items any time of the year.

Coun­cil­lor Penny Hulse says she is de­lighted that Neigh­bourly is fos­ter­ing closer re­la­tion­ships within com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘The cre­ation of a ded­i­cated space for neigh­bours to share their un­wanted trea­sures - those bikes that your chil­dren have out­grown, the bar­be­cue ta­ble that the new fam­ily down the street could use - helps con­nect peo­ple with oth­ers who live in their street.

‘‘The in­or­gan­ics col­lec­tion can then be used to take away the bro­ken fur­ni­ture and items that can’t be reused by oth­ers.’’

Neigh­bourly man­ag­ing di­rec­tor and co-founder Casey Eden says: ‘‘We es­tab­lished in the early days of Neigh­bourly that one neigh­bour’s trash is an­other’s trea­sure.

‘‘It’s been a real priv­i­lege to work with Auck­land Coun­cil to help raise the pro­file of the im­por­tance of find­ing new homes for our un­wanted bits and pieces.’’

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Casey Eden and Auck­land coun­cil­lor Penny Hulse are en­cour­ag­ing res­i­dents to of­fer un­wanted items to their neigh­bours on Neigh­bourly.

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