Manly and Manly West Kerbside Collection: Upcycling Ideas to Repurpose Trash into Unique Pieces

Heads up, Manly and Manly West! It’s your turn for kerbside collection soon! Did you know that you can repurpose a lot of items to give them a new lease on life? Here are some ideas before you think of chucking them on the kerb.

There’s still plenty of time to sort through your old and items for disposal and re-check if your kerbside collection pile includes unacceptable items that will not be picked up. Some of your items might also be more useful as donations to various charities or the Council’s treasure troves to reduce the landfill wastes. 

Better yet, instead of throwing some things away, consider upcycling old furniture and start on a beautification project at home! 

For instance, old dressers or even old washing machine drums could become great display cases for plants. You’ll need to spend on some good paint brands and brushes to give these items new life. 

Need new light fixtures? No need to head out to the store to buy a brand new piece. Look at your existing stuff and repurpose these into unique lanterns or lampshades. You could also repurpose old light fixtures for other uses — the possibilities are endless when you upcycle!

Got plenty of old pictures to sort through? Framing each of these might cost a lot of money but you could save a lot if you upcycle and use old window frames to display these beautiful images. 

You don’t even have to put them on the wall. You can also upcycle old picture frames as tables and fill these with your family’s memories. 

If your old luggage has been sitting under dust for the last few years, it could still be of use as shelves on empty walls in your house. 

Don’t be afraid to try fun and bold colours since the very idea for upcycling is to never constrain your creativity. If you make mistakes, then it’s all part of the learning process. However, it’s always a good idea to prepare the right tools, plan ahead, and then give the old pieces a good rundown first before you start on the project.  

Look at YouTube videos for some ideas and instructions on how to carry out this project and ask family members to help you complete it as this will make for a great bonding activity during the weekends. 

Kerbside Collection Finally Returns to Manly and Manly West

Kerbside collection is returning to Brisbane one year after the service went on hiatus. Manly and Manly West are among one of the many suburbs due to receive its aid later in the first quarter of 2022. 

After a yearlong hiatus, kerbside collection is back, earlier than planned, after Brisbane City Council decided that the service can resume for numerous Brisbane suburbs this year, including Manly and Manly West.

Last year’s break was able to generate $6 million in savings for Council but this year’s resumption is a welcome move for locals.

The service was put on hold in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic in a bid to save $13 million over two years, however it is returning ahead of schedule, starting with the suburbs that were affected by its sudden hiatus.

Of the $6 million saved as a result of Kerbside Collection’s temporary cancellation, half was given to community groups, charities and sporting clubs to recover from the pandemic and prosper. Business fee waivers were also given to small businesses that were negatively affected by the virus.

SuburbKerbside Collection Schedule
Murrarie, Cannon Hill & MorningsideFebruary 14, 2022
Hemmant & LyttonFebruary 21, 2022
Manly, Belmont & Wynnum WestFebruary 28, 2022
Manly West & TingalpaMarch 7, 2022
CarinaMarch 14, 2022

According to Councillor Lisa Atwood, each suburb will be letterboxed an information pamphlet weeks before the event on what can be placed for kerbside collection. Note that dates are subject to change in the event of inclement weather or from complications brought about by operational requirements.

About Kerbside Collection

Kerbside collection is an item collection service that was created to help people get rid of large household items that would be difficult to dispose of otherwise. All one has to do is leave the belongings they no longer want on the kerbside at 6:00 a.m. 

Acceptable items include bath and laundry tubs, bicycles and sporting equipment, carpets and rugs, furniture, household appliances, and wood products smaller than 1.5 metres among many other things. Conversely, bricks, car parts, garden waste, glass and mirrors, hazardous waste, and liquids will not be collected.

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Labor councillors worked to have the popular service return as it was a basic and essential service that many Queensland residents relied on, however Lord Mayor Schrinner had commented that he had no regrets putting the service on hold.

Manly Kerbside Collection: Set Your Pile or Donate?

Manly’s next kerbside collection is coming up on Monday, the 18th of Nov 2019. If you have large unwanted items to dispose of, you’ve got a few more days to pack your stuff in time for the pick-up in the early morning of the scheduled date.

As always, only small household appliances, furniture, white goods, electronic wastes, sporting equipment, bath and laundry tubs, carpet and rugs, and wood products no bigger than 1.5 metres are to be set aside for kerbside collection. Things that aren’t included in the acceptable items guidelines will be left behind your property, which you will have to clean off before you’re liable for illegal dumping.

However, you don’t necessarily have to put out stuff for kerbside collection if you’ve got old furniture and appliances that still work. Do you know that most of what you dispose of goes to the landfill? 

As the Council suggested, you can help reduce the landfill waste crisis by consider donating things you no longer want to charity or a recycling organisation. You may also give your stuff away to friends and family who might still have a use for it. After all, someone’s trash could easily be somebody else’s treasure. 

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Some of the Council-recommended facilities that accept old, second-hand, and pre-loved items for donation include:

You can make arrangements at these facilities on how to transport your items for donations. But if you have a preferred charity facility, tip shop, second-hand store or recycling centre, then that would be a good move as well — anything to keep your pile away from the landfill!

Some communities also organise a recycling drive, where neighbours or groups could barter items while holding a get-together or an informal party. Others set up a pre-loved market, where they do not just do away with unwanted stuff but also make a tiny profit. Some also donate this profit to their charity of choice. 

Get Ready for the Kerbside Collection in Manly and Manly West

Manly and Manly West are up for the next Kerbside Collection on Monday, the 13th of November. It’s the time of the year again to get rid of the big clutter, including big pieces of furniture and appliances, that will not fit the wheelie bins. Start packing and getting organise as early as possible to avoid inconveniences during the weekend before the collection.


Take note of the guidelines.

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There are rules! Don’t ever think of haphazardly getting rid of all the clutter you’ll find. That is a big “NO”. Before packing and piling up the items, don’t forget to take a good look at the list of acceptable and unacceptable items. Aside from the furniture and appliances, you can also take out those carpets, rugs, electronic waste, and even your old bicycles.

There might be “tons” of unwanted items you need to get rid of, but there is a limit. The Council will only collect the piles that are not larger than two cubic metres, which is equivalent to a small trailer load. This is made possible to ensure that everyone in the neighbourhood will be able to use the Kerbside Collection service.


Start early in sorting out the items.

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You still have few days to declutter. You better start sorting out all the items you would like to get rid off. You can start sorting out little by little everyday to avoid altering your daily schedule. Always start with small items and small clutter before starting to organise the big stuff. That way, you will be able to organise everything from Day 1 up to the big Collection Day.

Sort out everything you want to dispose. The Council only allows a certain limit but there are other places where you can take the unwanted items if you are beyond the limit.


Designate proper storage places.

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You can use both trash bags and boxes. It really doesn’t matter. However, to keep everything organised and “damage-proof”, rugs, carpets, and the likes should be placed inside trash bags to allow more room as these items can be compressed. Items like electric waste and sporting waste can be properly sealed in boxes to prevent damages.

Don’t forget to place labels and properly stack the boxes and trash bags. The Council also obliges the residents to remove all doors of refrigerators and cupboards. You can remove the doors of usable furniture a day before the collection, to allow the scavengers to pick up something intact off your kerb.


Take the items out the weekend before the collection.

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Take the items out the earliest possible time you are allowed to “market” the items to the scavengers. Neatly pile the items up, allowing room for the pathways and the roads. Always remember to properly seal and cover your pile in case of unwanted weather conditions. As a courtesy, arrange the items in a way that these can be easily lifted by two people.


Measure the pile again and get rid of the excess.

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Check your pile for the very last time after the scavenger hunting. There might be a scavenger who found something off your kerb, so measure the pile again. If there is, take out some more items and properly stack it on the existing pile.

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Remember that you packed everything? If there are excess items, consider recycling and donating. To recycle, drop these unwanted items to the Resource Recovery Centres and help the environment through reducing landfill.

You can also donate the items that are still usable. There are several organisations that accept donations. This includes National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations Inc. (NACRO), the peak organisation that holds several charities and tip shops all over Australia.

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You can also GIVIT! It is a national non-profit virtual organisation that supports all agencies, services, and charities in Australia to store, sort out, and distribute the donations to specific individuals or communities who exactly need the items.