Neighbours’ trash turns to treasure
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.’’
Casey Eden and Auckland councillor Penny Hulse are encouraging residents to offer unwanted items to their neighbours on Neighbourly.