2020 Fortitude Valley Kerbside Collection: Best Upcycling Ideas for Large Household Items

With tonnes of waste going to landfills each year, it’s best to rethink our rubbish. In this year’s kerbside collection for Fortitude Valley (20 January 2020), help reduce landfill waste by upcycling your large unwanted household items instead of throwing them away. 

Large household items in usable condition can be donated to charities and tip shops. But if you can’t let go of an item, probably because it has sentimental value or you feel guilty about getting rid of something from someone you love, better reuse it. Here are the best upcycling ideas to turn your old stuff into something new and useful:

Washing Machine Drum into a Coffee Table

Art studio L’Atelier d’Orel took the spinning drum from an unrepairable washing machine and made it into a nice coffee table. If you have an old washer sitting around, you can have it converted into a table. Here’s an instruction on how you can create one yourself from home.

Bicycle into Garden Decoration

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Do you have a worn-out bike that you can’t simply throw away because it lasted you for so many years and it reminds you of your first cycling years? Give it a new life by painting it with something bright like pink or yellow to match your greenery. It’s an easy DIY project that only takes a few minutes to do.

Computer Case into Dispenser

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There is a lot you can create from an old computer case, like turning it into a mailbox or maybe as a planter. All it takes is creativity, like Nick Pelis of The Mod Zoo who turned his computer case into a coffee maker. Or if you have an old keyboard, why not create a pen holder out of it? Some people even manage to come up with a bookshelf out of it–the possibilities are endless!

Old Fan into Candle Holder

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Don’t know what to do with your old ceiling fan lights? Why not try making some candle holders using those old fan light covers? This one uses a pine board that serves as a base. You will only need a few tools to get started, like a jigsaw, hammer and nails, hole saw accessory and wood glue. Here’s a tutorial from Thrift Diving on how to upcycle ceiling fan lights into a candle holder.

Kerbside Collection in Fortitude Valley

For general information about bin collections, Council’s waste facilities, recycling tips and myths, install the Brisbane bin and recycling app on your mobile device. The app features a bin collection calendar for Brisbane residents, with a notification option to remind you when your bins will be collected as well as push notifications about your next kerbside collection service.

Kerbside Collection Time for Fortitude Valley: Ways to Kickstart Your Waste Reduction Goals

Brisbane City Council’s Kerbside Collection Day is coming to Fortitude Valley on Monday, 21 January 2019. If one of your goals for this year is to be kinder to the environment, there are several ways for you to up your reduce, reuse, and recycle game.

As part of their promise to make Brisbane clean, green, and sustainable, BCC had lots of ways to encourage residents to recycle and reduce waste.

Recycling at Home

If you are a fan of the trending KonMari method of tidying up, you would probably end up with a pile of things to discard.

Rather than tossing out old clothes to the bin, you can donate them instead to the following organisations in Fortitude Valley:

Suited to Success

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This organisation mainly accept work appropriate or casual clothing donations. Suited to Success helps people on their journey towards career and personal development. As part of their program, they provide interview and job appropriate styling sessions to those in need.

You can donate your clothing to them from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. from Monday – Friday and from 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. every last Saturday of each month. Visit their website or call 3216 1969 for further information.

Location: 47 Anderson Street, Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006.

Vinnies Fortitude Valley

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St Vincent de Paul Society is also accepting clothes donation. Their donation rule is “if you’d give it to a friend, then it’s ok to give to Vinnies”. Apart from men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, they are also accepting homewares, kids toys, books, CDs, and DVDs.

Vinnies Fortitude Valley is open from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday and from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Check out their website or call Vinnies Fortitude Valley on 3252 9856 to learn more.

Location:  210 Brunswick Street (Corner Brunswick & Alfred Streets), Fortitude Valley

Hosting a Garage Sale

Alternatively, you can set up your own garage sale and turn your pre-loved items into cash. This ‘Get Garage Sale Ready’ guide can help you prepare for a successful garage sale on your own yard.

Council’s Recycling Guide for Households

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BCC made it even simpler for households to recycle through the ‘Brisbane’s Best Recycling Guide for Households’. This pocket guide shares the benefits of recycling and  provides the following:

  • the easiest ways to collect recyclables from your house
  • what can and cannot go in Council’s recycling wheelie bin
  • answers to frequently asked questions
  • information on sorting recyclables
  • answers to recycling myth
  • guidance on how to recycle items not accepted in Council’s kerbside collection (includes reusable household goods, scrap metals and garden waste).

You can download the Brisbane’s Best Recycling Guide for Households on a pdf or word format.

These are just some of the ways on how you can recycle at home. Start your year right by get your recycling game on for 2019 and do your share in caring for the environment.