Find a second-hand precinct near you

Brisbane City Council is committed to supporting residents reduce their waste to landfill while supporting Brisbane's circular economy. Waste is a growing problem, with 6000 kilograms of textile waste sent to landfill every 10 minutes in Australia, as well as tonnes of furniture, household items and children's toys. Thrifting at second-hand stores is a great way to save money and reduce your waste to landfill, while giving preloved items a new lease on life.

By prolonging the life of existing household items and shopping second-hand first, we can help save thousands of kilograms of waste going to landfill. But second-hand doesn't have to mean second-best. You can still enjoy some retail therapy while doing your bit to keep Brisbane clean and green.

Brisbane is lucky to have a number of charity and second-hand retailers (including Council's two Treasure Troves) across the city to help you revive your home and wardrobe sustainably. There are also lots of online and Brisbane-based businesses to help parents save money and waste to landfill including:

View our second-hand, reuse and recycle trail map below for popular Brisbane second-hand precincts, your local Treasure Troves and resource recovery centres.

Second-hand, reuse and recycle trail

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What to do with worn or damaged items that can't be repaired

Clothes and other textiles cannot be placed in Council's yellow-top recycling bin, but before you throw items in your general waste bin, check out your alternative options below for recycled textile waste below. 

  • Clothing retailers H&M, Zara and Upparel (formerly Manrags) each have garment collection programs for clothing or textiles in any condition that they reuse or recycle.
  • Retailer Sheridan accepts your pre-loved sheets and towels (any brand) at your local Sheridan store.
  • Towels and bedding are often needs by animal shelters or vets.
  • Old towels, clothes, bedding and other textiles are often appreciated by mechanics who can use them as rags.
  • Boomerang Bags accepts donations of material to make their bags.
  • Textiles made from natural fibres (cotton, hemp, bamboo, linen, wool and silk) can be composted or added to your worm farm. Cut them up into small pieces first.
  • Make your own rags or serviettes. You could also use fabric for jean patches, to wrap gifts and to line plant pots.

Australian busineses have a responsibility to take ownership over the textile waste that is produced as a result of corporate uniforms and workwear. We encourage all businesses - large and small - to put in place a uniform recycling program. Businesses can contact Total Uniform Solutions for more information.

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Share your revived style and help inspire others to shop second-hand by posting your finds on social media using the hastag #ReviveBNE.

Last updated: 8 September 2021
Topics: thifting

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