Donating toys and books
The toy and book stalls at the Twilight Market can help you rehouse some of the items taking up cupboard and shelf space in your home. It’s a great way to get more life out of toys and books that you and your family have grown out of. And a great way to keep things out of landfill….right?
Well, not everything has a re-sell value. The stall organisers will sort through everything that’s donated and determine what is worthwhile putting out for sale. You can make their job easier – and move things on sustainably – by following the guidelines in this post for some items that might struggle to sell.
CDs and DVDs
Who knew that our hardcopy collections of music, TV shows and movies would become so obsolete by now? Most op shops will accept donations of CDs and DVDs, but they receive vastly more than they sell on. Moreland Council accepts CDs and DVDs for recycling at Moreland Civic Centre in Coburg and Brunswick Town Hall. You can also drop them off for recycling at Gram Destruction in Tullamarine.
Please consider the quality – and popularity – of books you want to donate. Brotherhood Books is an online second-hand book store, run by the Brotherhood of St Laurence. They accept book donations at their Brunswick store.
It may seem like sacrilege to many booklovers, but books can be recycled, as long as you remove any binding, glue, or hard covers. That’s right, you need to rip the pages out! For kids books that are past their best, consider whether any local cafes or businesses would take them for their play area. For books that are still readable but not really sellable, consider dropping them off at a neighbourhood book exchange.
Sticker books, colouring-in books, puzzle books etc may still have some life in them, but if they’re already half-used, we really can’t sell them on. Take them to your local café to put in the kids pile (along with any excess crayons, pencils and textas)!
Please consider the usability of any toys, games or puzzles you want to donate. Are all the pieces necessary for playing the game still there? If you have toys or games that are incomplete, but the remaining pieces are in good condition, consider contacting your local toy library. They may be able to use some components for spare parts for the toys in their collection.
You may have heard the term e-waste used a lot more lately. It doesn’t just apply to computers. Anything battery operated now counts as e-waste, and hence should not go to landfill. Even if you have taken the batteries out of a toy, the circuitry and electronics that those batteries powered means it still falls under the e-waste category. If you have battery-operated toys that don’t work, please don’t use the toy stall as a way to get them out of the house. E-waste is collected for recycling through hard rubbish collections (place it in a separate pile). You can also take e-waste to a neighbourhood transfer station. The closest one to BEPS is East Brunswick Transfer Station in Kirkdale St. They accept most e-waste for free, as long as it isn’t intermingled with other waste streams.