Links to Environmental Websites

Recycling, Waste & Re-use

Reverse Garbage – Another reuse co-op at the Addison Road Community Centre, RG specialise in industrial discards

Recycling Near You – How to find local and national recycling options

Recycle This – A great UK-based recycling and re-use forum. Has a huge archive of re-use Q&As with a treasure trove of ideas applicable anywhere

MAG at Lidcombe – recycles polystyrene and other hard to recycle plastics

Mobile Muster – for mobile phone recycling

Clean Up Australia Day

Planet Ark – for recycling your printer toner cartridges

Terracycle – for recycling coffee pods, toothbrushes, stationery and other ‘non recyclable’ items


Waste Management – Sydney Councils

Council collections and clean-ups can be a convenient way to dispose of household waste with no reuse value. How council disposes of your goods varies between councils – so ask if it goes straight to landfill when you call to book a pick up, and always call The Bower first to try for reuse first.

Councils working with The Bower

Ashfield –

Auburn – 

Botany Bay – 

Canada Bay –

City of Sydney –

Holroyd – 

Hornsby –

Hunters Hill –

Ku-ring-gai –

Lane Cove –

Leichhardt –

Marrickville –

North Sydney –

Parramatta –

Randwick –

Rockdale –

Ryde –

Strathfield –

Sutherland –

Waverley –

Willoughby –—Recycling.html


All Other  Sydney Councils

Bankstown – 

Blacktown –

Burwood –

Camden – 

Campbelltown – 

Canterbury –

Fairfield –

Hurstville –

Liverpool –

Manly – 

Mosman –

Pittwater –

Warringah – 

Woollhara –

Sustainable Building & Technology

Alternative Technology Association – Promotes energy saving and conservation to households –

The Australasian Straw Bale Building Association – promoting the art & science of straw bale building –

The Sustainable House – Sydney ‘first’ sustainable house –

Ifixit Repair Guides –



Australian Ethical – Australia’s leading ethical investment fund

Earth Garden – sustainable living for country and city

Ethical Investor – Includes free Ethical Investor e-magazine – news & views on ethical investment

Grass Roots Magazine – magazine on how to create sustainable homes, gardens and lifestyles

Green Lifestyle Magazine – Simple sustainable living

Instructables – Inspirational ideas, tutorials, stories & links

TreeHugger – Covers green news, solutions and product info


National Environment Groups

Australian Conservation Foundation – Australia’s pre-eminent environment group

One Million Women for Climate Change – A campaign of daughters, sisters, mothers & grandmothers inspiring climate action

Greening Australia – Protect & restore the health, diversity & productivity of our unique landscapes

Australian Marine Conservation Society – Produces the Sustainable Seafood Guide

National Toxics Network – A community-based network for a toxic-free future

Wilderness Society – Australia’s foremost wilderness organisation

Greenpeace Australia

Sustainable Population Australia – population & sustainable resources


NSW State Environment Groups

Nature Conservation Council of NSW – The State’s peak environment group. It’s member groups cover the full spectrum of environment issues

National Parks Association of NSW – Seeks to protect & restore the State’s natural areas

The Colong Foundation for Wilderness – The longest-serving community advocate for wilderness in Australia

The Environmental Defender’s Office (NSW) – A not-for-profit legal centre helping individuals and community groups protect the natural and built environment

Total Environment Centre – Campaigns for environment protection in the city and country, advising government, community and business


Other Co-operatives, Networks & Supporters

Alfalfa House Community Food Co-operative  – Organic & bulk health food in Enmore. Bower members get reciprocal benefits!

Australian Men’s Shed Association – Independent community based Men’s Shed group

The Exodus Foundation – Foundation exists to meet immediate material, emotional & spiritual needs of disadvantaged

Green Force – Ethical based solar company in Marrickville. Proudly donated The Bower it’s solar array in 2012

Marrickville Mens Shed – A great space for guys to get together, use their skills and help the community

SCRAP (School Communities Recycling All Paper) – is a non-profit company and exists to help schools, other educational, government, non-profit bodies as well as private individuals and companies become environmentally sustainable

Seed Savers Network – Preserving the genetic basis of tomorrow’s food