Auckland Council and community social website Neighbourly have worked together to create a dedicated space that enables Aucklanders to offer their unwanted items to other people in their neighbourhood.
Rather than store items for an annual collection, Auckland Council encourages residents to sell or donate their unwanted reusable items any time of the year.
Fostering closer community relationships
Councillor Penny Hulse, Chair of the Environment and Community Committee, says she is delighted that the Neighbourly platform is fostering closer relationships within communities.
“Communities are very important to Auckland Council and it’s at a street – neighbourhood level where communities can have the greatest influence on creating a sense of place.
“The creation of a dedicated space for neighbours to share their unwanted treasures – those bikes that your children have outgrown, the bbq table that the new family down the street could use – helps connect people with others who live in their street,” she says.
“Then, the inorganics collection can be used to take away the broken furniture and items that can’t be reused by others.”
Free stuff always a hit
Casey Eden, Neighbourly.co.nz Managing Director and co-founder, says the 'Free Stuff' category has always been one of the most popular on Neighbourly.
“We established in the early days of Neighbourly that one neighbour’s trash is another’s treasure,” he says.
“It’s been a real privilege to work with Auckland Council to help raise the profile of the importance of finding new homes for our unwanted bits and pieces – and just recycling in general.”