How to get rid of …

“How to get rid of …” the name of our new project, let us give you some more details for a clearer picture. It is a project to join Halve Waste*. The goal of Halve Waste is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by Half. So the project is simply about Waste Management.

In recent years, people have grown the awareness that Energy and Waste have become big issue and will soon affect many changes in our way of live. In the large scale, government and related private sectors are working towards creating new policies to resolve those issues. One of the solution is building more recycle facilities.

However, this can be effective only if everyone understands the system and assist in the process. Halve Waste have been doing a big job in promoting and educating our community about these process.

We come across this when we learnt that Halve Waste would give sponsorship to community group who likes to run a project about waste management. The Good Friends Albury Inc. has been receiving goods donation and put through our eco-friendly process to fixed them up to be in good working condition or parting and sell them to generate income to support our local temple for the last 3 years. We consider that our knowledge, equipment and experience could be extended to be something more for our local community.

Let’s get back to the name now. Let’s say if you add the word at the end to be “How to get rid of unwanted stuff” or “How to get rid of thing in the garage”

You could have few options that those things you want to get rid of won’t end up in landfill:

•             Donate It

•             Sell it online

•             Hold a garage sale.

These options are good ways to get rid of your unwanted stuff providing that it is in good conditions, so someone else will be able to use them.

You will find sometimes the charity shops do not accept electrical goods, thing that are broken or not in working condition.

This is the gap that our project will help fill up.

We can accept goods in working/not working condition, badly scratch, dent, rusty, broken, missing parts.

List 1

Washing Machine

Clothes Dryer


List 2

Other Household electrical goods except fridge and air condition

Power tools

Kitchen equipment

Garden Tools

List 3

Furniture that combine of metal structure and MDF/Timber/Hard Plastic

For example, Trestle Table, Metal Structure Chair, Bed (No Mattress)

Not accept furniture with glass

In this initial phase of the project, we may take goods more broadly to study to create new list of what we can accept. We consider taking goods that parts can be separate to reuse, repurpose and recycle. This will significantly divert them from ending up in landfill.

From the initial phase, the project will be closely studied. We will later be able to show photos, the how to and the statistic of the process. This will encourage people and give them some knowledge to separate things and bring them to the recycle centre themselves.

This project will run from 18 October 2020 to 31 December 2020

Best way to communicate to The Good Friends Albury Inc. is via Facebook message

Update 04/11/20

After the start of the project “How to get rid of…” we had a lot of participants, only 2 weeks time we need to put the pick up service on hold. Now our volunteers will have time to process those items. These are example of items we had diverted them from landfill and now ready for someone want to get them back to use in their garden.

The fixed item will go on Garage Sale on Sunday 22 November 2020 9.00am-2.00pm

The Project’s Final Report


*Halve Waste is an initiative of Albury City Council, City of Wodonga, Federation Council and the Shires of Towong, Greater Hume, Indigo and Alpine Shire Councils. The goal of Halve Waste is to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by 50.


Making Goods Donation from a Distance Away

To adapt to this changing world during pandemic. We had started a pilot project in accepting goods donation from a distance away. Unfortunately, we cannot take bulky item like the whole washing machine but if you contact us we can confirm you what you can take off from your washing machine or dryer before take them to the tip or scrap metal place. Then we can organise a parcel label for you to drop it at any post office and your donation will be sending to us.

Other small item that we can acept will be something like commercial toasters, commercial blender or send us a photo or details of the item.

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Your Donation Is Greatly Appreciated 🙂

The First Step Achievement

It started from our humble beginning, the idea to initiate financial sustainable for our regional Buddhist temple and environmentally sustainable. It is to apply social entrepreneurship strategy in a project that would work for us here in Albury. One key strategy of social entrepreneurship is the ‘not limited to resource available on hand’. It helps us to have ‘freedom to dream’.


It is the vision of the founder of the Good Friends Albury Inc. who has an engineering background. He analysed that Australia has become a consuming country. Indicating from more and more Australia manufacture were closed and relocating overseas. In the world market, there are far more advantage factors in some other countries to do mass production than Australia. That is the whole picture of Australia. Then we look at Albury, we are 300 km from Melbourne the closest capital city.


We are looking into something that can be an opportunity for the Good Friends Albury Inc. to make a different and certainly, it will not be manufacturing something. Manufactured products mean they are 100% made. Once they have been used over times they will stop working and what most people do with them is throw them away. Most of the products that stop working could mean 5% of the products is malfunction. Will it be possible that we can replace that 5% to return the products back to 100% working condition or would it be good if we can provide this 5% parts available for others to make their machines back to work again.

Eco-friendly Production Process

The concept sounds simple. Aren’t there anybody else have already done this? It could be, the challenge is how to manage it in an effective way to make it feasible. The auto car parts from car yards is one example in the same concept that is commercially possible. They have been in business for a long time. In the past four years we have tried this concept with ride-on mower, washing machine and clothes dryer.


Last year we stopped the ride-on mower line due to the limited numbers of broken mower we could get and the labour intensive. Washing machine and clothes dryer become main products that we do as they are common appliances in every household, so we always find enough supply for our process.


The factors that allow the association to make this happen are knowledge, workforce (volunteers), place, and equipment. We thank many who offer to train our volunteers, sharing their knowledge, spend time and energy to make this happened. Also thank to donors who give their ‘not working’ appliances to us. These become our inspiration to keep this project going.


Our online store last year sold more than 300 parts, so we assume that it helps return about 300 appliances back to work rather than wasting them.
Let’s simply imagine 300 washing machines
It will take 150 sqm to put them next to each other.
It weights 18,000 kg. (60kg each)
It worth $90,000 ($300 each) recovery value


Once we look back to this amazing info that have been done by only a small team it does make some positive contribution to the society, economic and environment.

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Short Stay Meditation Retreats and Sightseeing


If you have a small group who are familiar with Temple culture and codes of conduct accommodation can be arranged for several nights. You can enjoy your stay and practice meditation with our resident Monk.

You will need a Team Leader to organise food with a large modern kitchen available for meal preparation.


Your stay can be enhanced by visits to local scenic sights including the Historic Gold Towns of Yackandandah and Beechworth, the Murray River or the Hume Weir all located in close proximity from the Temple.


Visitors Welcome

13435588_1624826841167322_2939696792603744086_nBy prior arrangement if your Family or Buddhist group is travelling through Albury you are welcome to visit and share tea or coffee or plan to have lunch with us. Our Temple area has a peaceful atmosphere with beautiful valley views to the snowfields.