Death defying sites

Dear Dead Things

I hate this endless cavalcade of waste and wanton disposal of worn-out things but I, too, feel tempted to dump my broken, unwanted items in the nearest laneway because I don’t know what else to do.

Is there any way to break this cycle of product life and death? How do we stop this madness?

Yours sincerely

A Concerned Citizen


Dear Concerned Citizen

Relax - there are many alternative avenues to simply dumping unwanted items in the laneway.

Check out some of the resources below for the disposal and recycling of your Dead Things...



Council booked

Start by contacting your local council. Many will arrange pick-ups of your unwanted items and hold collection days throughout the year for certain kinds of rubbish such as e-waste.

Reverse Garbage – a fantastic resource for schools, artists and all creatively-minded folk re-using items

The Bower – reuse and repair centre

St Vincent de Paul, Salvation Army, The Smith Family - charity organisations will collect certain types of items.

Cpuncil notified


Recycling schemes

Freecycle – instead of dumping it, try freecycling it. Free, grassroots community scheme.

Planet Ark - a useful resource for finding recyling options in your area

Terracycle - to collect previously non-recyclable or hard to recycle waste.

TuShare - billed as Australia’s fastest growing sharing network.

Dead Things:

Mattresses: Soft Landing

Televisions: TechCollect, Drop Zone, E-Cycle Solutions and Electronic Product Stewardship Australasia.

Batteries: Aldi supermarkets and community centres such as some libraries will collect batteries.

Fridges: Some fridges will earn a rebate via the NSW Fridge Buy Back scheme.