Collection & Rehoming Service

So, you’ve got something you no longer want, but you don’t want to throw it out.  Don’t despair! Contact The Bower’s Collection and Rehoming Service to help solve the problem!

When you contact us, our staff will ask you a series of questions to determine if The Bower is able to accept your donation directly. If we can’t, we will refer you to some other organisations. Sometimes we can’t take it directly – because of space, functionality, low demand, legalities and other fun reasons, so we have over 1,000 other organisations, charities and enterprises in our Rehoming Database, who will repair, reuse and resell your unwanted goods, thereby keeping them out of landfill. Our database is constantly being updated and our staff will try to tailor referrals to you, your unwanted goods and your location. The Collection and Rehoming Service was set up with the financial support of a number of Sydney Councils and during 2014/15 was sponsored by 16 local councils.

Currently our free collection service is available to residents of the following council areas:

Botany Bay
Canada Bay
Hunters Hill
Lane Cove
North Sydney
City of Sydney

For residents outside these areas, we offer a collection service for a fee of $38.50, dependant upon your location.


Please email a picture of the items you wish to donate to and include your contact details and collection suburb.If you have any questions about this service please contact us on 9568 6280 or email us at

Please note that all donations are accepted at the discretion of the Bower staff, often depending on space and resources available.

Frequently asked questions:

The Bower has an agreement with 12 councils to provide a free collection or rehoming service for unwanted goods that are still in usable condition. Too often, items going to landfill via council clean-up could still be used by someone else.
The Bower accepts household furniture, bikes, some electronic appliances, small quantities of building materials, bric-a-brac, kitchenware and books. For a full overview of items we do and don’t accept, click here. Please note that all donations are accepted at the discretion of the Bower staff, often depending on space and resources available.
By telephone: Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm, on 9568 6280 or by email: – send a photo of the item you wish to have collected and include your name, contact details and suburb.
When you call The Bower, the staff there will ask a range of questions to establish if they are able to take your items directly, such as “what are the goods made from”, “how many items”, “how much space do they take up” (roughly a couple of milk crates, or would it fill a trailer). If it is an item The Bower cannot directly accept, they will attempt to provide a solution by referring you to alternative organisations.
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.
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.
No. If your unwanted items are small enough to fit into your car, you can take them directly to The Bower.
The Bower currently has agreements with the following councils to offer a free collection service for residents: shfield, Auburn, Botany Bay, Canada Bay, Holroyd, Hornsby, Hunters Hill, Ku-ring-gai, Lane Cove, Leichhardt, Marrickville, North Sydney, Parramatta, Randwick, Rockdale, Ryde, Strathfield, Sutherland, City of Sydney, Waverley and Willoughby. If you live outside of our free collection areas, we can still provide a collection service for a $38.50 fee.

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