Kerbside Collection: Creative Upcycling Ideas

Kerbside Collection is coming to Greenslopes and Stones Corner this 9 May 2022. But before you decide to discard that old furniture or bathtub, consider upcycling instead. Check out these repurposed items and see how a little bit of imagination and creativity can turn trash into treasure.

First things first. The list of Kerbside Collection acceptable unwanted household items (items that are too big for wheelie bins) includes: 

  • bath and laundry tubs
  • bicycles and sporting equipment
  • carpet and rugs
  • electronic waste* (e.g. televisions and computers)
  • furniture and white goods (e.g. fridges and stoves)
  • small household appliances (e.g. fans and toasters)
  • wood products less than 1.5 metres

The following are considered unacceptable items and illegal dumping fines may apply if these materials are not removed within seven days of the notified collection period:

  • bricks and concrete
  • commercial builders waste
  • car parts and tyres, including car batteries
  • dirt and stones
  • garden waste (e.g. trees, grass, potted plants)
  • gas bottles
  • general household waste (e.g. food scraps)
  • glass and mirrors
  • hazardous wastes (e.g. chemicals, oil, asbestos)
  • household waste that normally goes into your waste or recycling bin
  • liquids

Repurpose your old refrigerator

Did you know that you can turn an old fridge into a comfy couch?

old fridge into a couch
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You can also turn it into a doghouse, a planter, or even a smoker. Click here for more ideas.

 old fridge into a planter
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 old fridge into a doghouse
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Creative bathtub reuse

How about repurposing your old bathtub into a modern armchair with cushions?

old bathtub into a modern armchair
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Click here for some more great ideas for your bathtub upcycling project.

E-wastes into a functional art pieces

Check out this old computer monitor turned into a wonderful functional art piece.

old computer monitor turned into a wonderful functional art piece
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Have some old CDs and DVDs. Turn them into a lamp. Check out this tutorial.

old CDs and DVDs into a lamp
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And, why not turn your old floppy disks into a fashionable purse?

old floppy disks into a fashionable purse
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Alternatively, you may donate your useable items to any charitable institutions or not-for-profit organisations that can reuse or recycle them like GIVIT and Charitable Recycling Australia.