The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Co-operative

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Co-operative Ltd collects, (sometimes repairs) and resells goods diverted from the Sydney metropolitan municipal waste stream, whilst educating the community about waste reduction.

The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre Co-operative's aim is to operate a re-use center which collects, resells and sometimes repairs goods diverted from the municipal waste stream and educate the community about waste reduction.


•To reduce the amount of «hard waste» going to landfill

• To raise awareness of the value of waste reduction

•To provide affordable goods to low-income earners and other disadvantaged groups within the community

•To generate employment opportunities and skills training in the community

• To encourage community awareness of environmentally responsible design and manufacture

• To advocate for long-life design, repairable products and the use of sustainable, recyclable materials for appliances and furnishings

• To provide benefits to the community via these objectives

• To involve the community in the development and achievement of these objectives What we do

• collect re-usable items from the streets by visiting council cleanup areas, or people can book us to collect direct from their home. This differs from a lot of other re-use centres that operate as "tip shops" and scavenge the local dump, but it's really only an adaptation to inner city life where few people take a load to the dump

. • sell through our re-use centre.

• make minor repairs to furniture, if possible.

• test electrical appliances for safety.

• sell things made from re-used items. These are usually craft or art type pieces, but also unique furniture.

• offer a Referral Service if we are unable to accept donations for various reasons. The Referral Service is supported by 11 councils (Ashfield, Caterbury, Canda Bay, Sydney, Hurstville, Leichhardt, Marrickville, Randwick, Rockdale, Ryde Waverely, Woollahra) and referrs to over 1000 organisations including charities, secondhand shops, community and recycling services.

• present educational EcoSnapShots (student-actioned audits) for primary and secondary schools on the benefits of re-use.

• operating our centre with sustainable options, such as strawbale insulated walls with salvaged doors, windows and trusses; rainwater collection tanks and reused computers, printers, faxes, phones, shelving, fittings, etc.

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