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. (­

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. See­cy­ 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: nel­son­tas­ Web­site:


Items do­nated to the Koha shed are passed on free of charge.

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