The Bower Reuse and Repair Centre

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About the Bower

The Bower is an environmental charity that collects, repairs and sells preloved goods. It is an environmental not-for-profit organisation committed to reducing landfill. The Bower services and programs are based on the ethos of reuse and repair. Ku-ring-gai residents can access the Bower's Collection and Rehoming Service by using the online portal.

The Bower has two stores you can also visit which sell preloved goods. The stores are located in Marrickville and Parramatta. For further details see locations.

Donate quality household goods

Did you know that the Bower can collect from your home quality household goods such as:

  • household furniture
  • bikes
  • some electronic appliances
  • small quantities of building materials
  • bric-a-brac
  • kitchenware
  • books

To enquire about collection visit the online portal.

The Bower cannot take these items

  • mattresses
  • furniture made using chipboard or MDF
  • dirty/ripped/stained lounges and sofas
  • washing machines and dishwashers
  • old bulky televisions (CRT)
  • baby/children’s items - cots, prams, toys
  • kitchen fitouts and large goods - stoves, microwaves, large fridges and freezers
  • pianos and organs
  • fitness equipment - walking machines, rowers, cross-trainers, ab-busters
  • encyclopaedias and magazines

The Bower FAQs

Q. Why doesn’t the Bower take certain items?”

A. In some cases there are legal and sanitary regulations that prevent the Bower from accepting certain goods, such as baby and children’s items including strollers, cots and care seats. Other items, such as washing machines and dishwashers, are unable to be tested by the Bower. We also cannot accept mattresses or furniture made from MDF or chipboard.

Q. What if the Bower won’t accept my items?”

A. The Bower has a database with over 1,000 organisations listed that may take those items. They will refer you to the most appropriate organisation for your item. Key examples are mattresses, fabric and haberdashery items and excess building materials. The Bower receives no kickbacks or funding from these organisations. We cannot guarantee that they will take your items, but we are always updating and checking our databases to ensure the information we give out is as accurate and relevant as possible.

Q. Can I donate in store?”

A. Yes. If your unwanted items are small enough to fit into your car, you can take them directly to the Bower.

Q. How do I contact the Bower?”

A. Please email: reuse@bower.org.au – send a photo of the item you wish to have collected and include your name, contact details and suburb.

More FAQs

Videos

Illegal Dumping and the Bower and The Bower Video

Contacts

Bower Store Contacts