Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Alternative Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Items

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Alternative Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Items

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WHEN you want to get rid of your old, used belongings or household items, chucking them in the bin isn't the only option, says Allianz Insurance.

There are environmentally friendly alternatives that can help you to get rid of your unwanted possessions.

Australians produce millions of tonnes of municipal solid waste, with an estimated 642kg of waste generated per person per year.

On a household level, recycling rates have increased, with most households claiming that they had recycled or reused at least part of their waste.

If you need to get rid of your unused or unwanted belongings and household items, consider options that will reduce your impact on the environment.

There are several alternatives to waste disposal that can be environmentally sustainable, fun and even profitable.

Sell

Selling your unwanted household goods like old fridges, TVs, and furniture, is a great way to put your waste into good use (and you might even make a profit from it).

You can sell online using 'online marketplaces' such as eBay or Gumtree, or in person at pawnshops.

Swap

Making a quick dollar by selling your unwanted possessions isn't the only way you can gain from getting rid of them.

Swapping is another fun and profitable alternative to throwing out your old things.

So long as they are clean and in good enough condition to be reused, they can be exchanged for items you actually want (and it can even be a fun swapping experience).

You can attend a clothes swap day organised in your local community or a nationwide event such as National Swap Day organised by the Clothing Exchange, which usually partners with a range of Australian charities from the Australian Red Cross to Oxfam.

Events such as these are a way to give back to the community and go on a shopping spree without spending any money.

Donate

They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and donating your unwanted goods is another great way to get rid of your unwanted possessions while giving back to the community. …

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