an environmental charity committed to reducing landfill

We pioneer programs to reduce the amount of waste entering landfill by reclaiming household items for reuse, repair and resale at affordable prices and by encouraging communities to engage in repurposing of preloved goods.


Book a collection for your unwanted household goods, and we’ll ensure they don’t go to landfill. You can also donate in store. More


Learn how to fix your broken electrical items or furniture at our free Repair Cafes, or leave it with us and we’ll fix it for you. More


We can teach you how to restore furniture, do basic carpentry, use power tools and even build a tiny house. More


Our two shops in Marrickville and Parramatta are full of second hand bargains, plus we run The Bower Woodworks in Redfern and Banga Community Shed in Green Square. More

Right to Repair Petition

Read the letter we are sending to The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, and sign our petition below!

Want to find out more? Visit the petition page

To: The Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg
From: [Your Name]

We, the undersigned call on you to:

Implement a package of measures to facilitate consumers’ rights for the repair of personal and household items, extend products life cycles, stimulate the ‘circular’ economy (repair and reuse), and reduce the amount of hard waste going to landfill.

Based on leading best practice consumer rights policies around the world, this would include:

  • Introduce mandatory schemes for manufacturers of new products to provide spare parts and repair manuals for a mandated period of time, such as has been legislated in France and is being introduced across Europe and other jurisdictions.
  • Tax breaks for repairs of personal and household items, such as has been legislated in Sweden and other jurisdictions, as a financial incentive to repair and reuse, rather than throw away and buy new.
  • Other best practice measures to boost the circular economy, lengthen product life, reduce landfill and protect the environment, such as including reusability and reparability standards in the Product Stewardship Act, as well as adding the ‘right to repair’ to the Productivity Commission’s agenda for further examination and report back.

By introducing these measures and making it easier for Australians to repair, and have repaired, their personal items, and for businesses to provide repair, reuse and associated services, you will be achieving strong social, economic (including job creation) and environmental outcomes across the country.

Please support the right of Australians to repair everything we own.

Yours sincerely,
[The undersigned]

The Bower partners with many councils in and around the Sydney area. Book a free collection from one of these council areas