The Bower is an award-winning environmental charity and a champion of reuse and repair.

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The Bower is an environmental not-for-profit committed to reducing landfill. Our range of services and programs are all based on the ethos of reuse and repair – this is the principal that guides everything we do. By 2018, we’ll have been implementing the idea of circular economy in Sydney for 20 years. Our organisation has agreements with over 20 Sydney metropolitan councils to collect unwanted household goods and rehome them. Nearly 2.7 million residents in Sydney now have access to this free service. Read more about our collections service here. Booking a collection is not the only way to donate to the Bower – we also accept donations over the counter in our two stores. In recent years we’ve taken home the Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence at the NSW Green Globe Awards, the Community Leadership Award at NSW Green Globe awards, and the Sustainability Leadership Award at Inner West Business Environment Awards. The Bower is a registered charity with deductible gift recipient status, and you can use the donate button on the right to support us. For more detailed information about our charity, including information on membership, AGMs and our strategic plans, click here. You can also find out more about Membership, and apply to be a member here.


Guido Verbist General Manager

Louise Grace Collections & Rehoming Manager

Caroline Ayling Communications & Marketing Manager

John Lamrock Sales

Luke Mitchell Woodworks Manager

Griffin Pickard Electronics Manager

Keiran Archee Sales

Riley Harrison Sales


For people who like to upcycle and refurbish furniture, this is for you. The Bower invites anyone working with recycled materials to apply to sell your items in our stores. We call this program ‘consignment”. You might notice the items we sell on consignment in our Marrickville store on the left as you enter – you”ll see reupholstered stools, wood furniture which has been sanded back and re-oiled, or items which have been painted, repurposed or reinvented in some way. If you are creating projects using recycled materials, we want to hear from you. Get in touch and let’s have a yarn.


We provide household goods free of charge to organisations supporting survivors of domestic abuse, including Wagec, Mary’s House, Bonnie and Mission Parramatta. Thank you to the 100 Women Giving Circle, who have supported this program. The Bower also provides free household goods to Refugees and asylum seekers.


As a co-operative and a not-for profit, the Bower is overseen by a group of directors who volunteer their time and expertise to ensure the longevity of our environmental charity. The Bower Board of Directors is a group as diverse and knowledgeable as the Bower’s members, and many have a long standing history with the co-op. The Board is elected annually by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Click through to read the bios of individual board members, and to view board meeting minutes. The board can be contacted via the General Manager (see our Contact page). To learn more about our board members, and view the minutes of board meetings, click here.