An Asian woman looks through a rack of clothing at an op shop.

Published on 07 November 2022

Get creative this National Recycling Week

Recycling is only limited by your imagination.

This National Recycling Week think about four great ways to recycle pre-loved goods: repair, donate, remake and buy.

When you recycle you reduce landfill and the strain on limited resources, and you save money and the planet.

National Recycling Week is run annually by Planet Ark to promote community events and education on recycling. This year, the week will run from 7-13 November.

Here are some ways you can get involved during the week – or any time.

Clarendon Community Op-Shop

Buy or donate at one of Onkaparinga’s great op shops.

The Clarendon Community Op-Shop is celebrating its first birthday. You can buy treasures from around the world – Danish glass, Russian dinnerware, Japanese tea sets and Aussie handcrafts – as well as clothes, books, toys, shoes and household goods.

Your money will go to local organisations such as the Country Fire Service, sporting clubs and the kindergarten.

To buy or donate, visit the op shop at the Clarendon Community Hall on Grants Gully Road. It’s open Friday to Sunday from 11am to 3pm.

Waste Nott recycling store

Make great art and striking creations from donated materials at the Waste Nott recycling store.

Whatever it is you want to make – costumes, school projects, garden features or gifts – Waste Nott is likely to have the supplies you need such as fabric, cardboard, tubing, foam, boxes, buttons and paints.

The group is located at The Shed, 268 Beach Road, Hackham West. Donations and volunteers are most welcome.

Aberfoyle Repair Café

Repair your broken goods instead of chucking them.

If you’re not the practical type, head to the Aberfoyle Repair Cafe to get free help to repair anything from electronics and clothing to jewellery, bikes and toys.

The café runs the second Saturday of every month at the Aberfoyle Community Centre from 1pm to 4pm. The remaining date for this year is 12 November, with the cafe to then reopen in February next year.

Southern Community Project Group

Remake and donate at the Southern Community Project Group.

The group collects materials such as timber, pallets, garden stakes, metals, batteries and plastics. It converts the pallets and wood into cubby houses and cheap bags of firewood.

A Men’s Shed is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 3pm for those keen to make new things out of old and new materials.

The group is located at The Shed, 268 Beach Road, Hackham West.

Recycle with the City of Onkaparinga

The City of Onkaparinga helps you recycle.

The council’s waste and recycling guide shows you what can go in your yellow recycling bin or your green organics bin.

The council also offers two free hard waste and mattress collections per year for households, a free organics drop-off service, a composting-at-home subsidy, and waste and recycling education.

See the council’s website for waste and recycling information.