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The Garage Sale Trail

The Garage Sale Trail, Australia’s fastest-growing sustainability and reuse event was on Saturday, 22 October 2016.

This year’s Garage Sale Trail was the biggest yet, with the City of Melville finishing top in WA and fifth in Australia, with 223 sellers and over 5,000 shoppers.

Most sellers that took part on the day may have some unsold items leftover, so here’s a few suggestions to reduce waste and encourage reuse in our community:

1. Have items of value? - Sell it on Ebay or Gum Tree to get some extra cash 

2. Store items for next year’s sale, or host your own garage sale 

3. Can’t bear to throw it away? – Store it with Storage King. You can get one month free if you quote Garage Sale Trail when booking.

4. Donate items to charity shops or drop clothes off to charity bins in your neighbourhood

5. Download and check out the recycle right app to see what you can recycle in your yellow top bin

6. Check out your next verge collection date and find out what to do with e-waste and hazardous waste, by visiting melvillecity.com.au/waste

If you have exhausted all other options and simple can’t recycle, reuse or repurpose items, then take them to the Cockburn or Canning tip (fees apply).

Do NOT DUMP items or place them in public litter bins, it is illegal and could result in hefty fines.

For more information, visit www.garagesaletrail.com.au


It takes lots of energy and resources to make and transport a product. Some products such as packaging become waste almost immediately and then require even more energy to be recycled/reprocessed or, even worse, end up in landfill.

You can help to reduce this harmful waste cycle by REDUCING the amount of waste you produce. Think about whether you really need the product in the first place and, where possible, choose products with minimal packaging.

About half of what we throw away is food and garden waste. You can reduce the amount of waste you put into your green-topped bin, as well as the amount of garden fertiliser you need to buy, through worm farming and composting. It is a fun way for the whole family to get involved in sustainable living practices.

Check out our Compost Bin Rebate or learn how to set up a subsidised worm farm at one of our awesome Worm Farming Workshops.

When it is no longer useful, make sure you RECYCLE the product. Within Melville, most materials, from packaging to food scraps, can be recycled. You can find more information on the Recycle Right website.

For more information about the City of Melville's waste services, see the Waste and Recycling pages.