How your Chrissy clean-up helps Canberra

Posted 28 Dec 2017

Story by CBR Canberra

The Christmas break is peak time for Canberra’s The Green Shed, a local initiative focused on keeping the capital green by reselling, reusing or recycling our unwanted goods.

Accepting anything from bikes and clothes, to e-waste, furniture and books, The Green Shed offers the perfect excuse to slow down, regroup and get stuck into a deep declutter.

The ideal alternative to landfill, The Green Shed has plenty of room for all your unwanted goods and has a long history of finding hidden treasure in Canberra’s trash. Since 2010, the business has reduced rubbish in the capital by over 54 million kilograms and resold more than 57 million individual items that would otherwise have ended up at the tip.

Charlie Bigg-Wither, one of The Green Shed’s owners, is proud of the contribution the business makes to the Canberra community and beyond.

“We accept approximately 1000 drop-offs per site each week from Canberrans wanting to do the right thing by both the environment and by us. We have a wonderful relationship with the Canberra community,” Charlie says.

The environment isn’t the only winner though; The Green Shed is busy supporting local organisations through monthly charity days and donations to community groups.

“So far we have given away over $500,000 to local organisations. We also donate goods to organisations like ACT public schools and many other local groups. In fact, we’ve never said no to a request,” Charlie says.

Passionate about providing jobs to locals, The Green Shed is proudly home to a large and diverse workforce.

Charlie says, “our 76-staff come from all walks of life; some from disadvantaged backgrounds and many with disabilities who bring helpers along with them when on site.”

Charlie’s tip for the holiday season—get in quick Canberra!

“If anyone is looking to visit our yards to drop off material get there as early as possible—the holiday season is our busiest time of year.”

If you want to donate, or purchase quality preloved goods at a bargain price, visit The Green Shed’s website or their Facebook page for more information.

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