Plenty of options for unwanted items
CAB COLUMN: Spring-cleaning? Down-sizing? Or just wanting to reduce waste, and send less to the landfill? Here are some options:
For surplus clothing, household or miscellaneous items, charity shops are an obvious choice, including Habitat for Humanity’s Restore (ph 547 4626) and the Nelson Environment Centre’s Reuse and Recycle Centre (ph 548 5603). Items donated to the Koha Shed are passed on free of charge to all comers (ph 0224143255). Old towels, sheets etc that are too worn for charity shop use are welcomed by the SPCA.
Founders Park is a popular repository for unwanted books their annual sale is on most Nelsonians’ calendars. However, don’t forget ‘Second-hand Sundays’.
Run jointly by the NCC and the TDC several times a year, they are a great opportunity to recycle household items with very little effort. Check the Council websites for more details.
There’s a bin for outdoor gear (boots, packs, clothing etc) at Kathmandu, who donate them to the Red Cross. Baby on the Move recycle child car seats for a small charge. Clearing out a workshop? Contact your local Menzshed. They’ll take tools and timber to use for community projects. (www.menzshed.org.nz)
E-waste a problem? Drop unwanted cellphones off at Resene - the proceeds go to charity, and you can leave coins that aren’t legal tender there too.
The local Brother agent recycles their printers free of charge (ph 546 8848). Ecoland at 31 Vanguard St (ph 545 9176) recycles most electrical appliances, and also cables, light bulbs and batteries (charges may apply)
Countdown, New World and Pak’n’save have recently introduced recycling bins for soft plastics, which include plastic mesh produce bags and bubble wrap. See http://www.recycling.kiwi.nz/ solutions/soft-plastics for more details.
Kai Rescue recycles surpluses from food producers and businesses (ph 545 9176) For one-off food donations the Food Bank (ph 548 9372), Loaves and Fishes (ph 548 2601), Food for Families (ph 021 051 5664), or Victory Community Centre (ph 546 8389) are some of the options. And if you have surplus fruit, contact Community Fruit Harvesting - they’ll even help you pick it! (ph 546 6825).
At CAB we update our large database of local organisations and services annually, and if we don’t have the information you need, we’ll do our best to find it!
CAB Nelson Tasman 9 Paru Paru Rd, ph 03 548 2117 or 0800 367222 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.cab.org.nz.
Items donated to the Koha shed are passed on free of charge.