An interesting way to recycle plastic milk bottles

Make your own mobile phone with audino 

Follow the instructions from instructables below.

Another version is available at Ada fruit to try the audin-o-phone

Make your own biodegradable plastic

Ever wanted to make your own biodegradable plastic? Then collect these common kitchen items and follow the recipe below from instructables.

another 3 ways to make plastics at home can be found here:

More In-depth information and alternate recipes can be found here:

A great book with lots of useful information on vegetable oil based polymers can be found on google books below.

Up cycled homeless homes 

The homeless homes project

American designer and builder Gregory Kloehn is using salvaged trash to make houses for the homeless. Called the Homeless Homes Project, Kloehn upcycles mobile shelters from items he finds in dumpsters.

For more information go to the below site:

Bio resin funiture

Amazing furniture made from wood shavings and bio resin.

For more information see below:

1 SQM House

The smallest house in the world
Invented 2012 by Le-Mentzel, Berlin.

see more here 


Recycled bowling lanes uses reclaimed wood from shuttered bowling alleys and steel from old industrial buildings that are being torn down.

Read full article below


This phone design is a great example of upcycling

Some great places in Sydney where you can get material for your upcycling project are listed below:

Re cycle centers

Bower recycle center

Re-use Shop – used furniture, timber, windows, sinks, sleepers, doors etc.
Eco House and Garden – education centre for sustainable living. Gardening workshops, events.
Recycled road bases, aggregates and sands for landscaping and building (min purchase 1 tonne). Recycled vegetation and wood waste turned into mulches and composts. 

34/142 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204.

Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm & Sundays 10am to 4pm.

Phone: 02 9568 6280

Reverse garbage

Not a traditional building salvage yard but a large collection of useful junk for upcycling and craft projects. Recycled fabric, haberdashery, metal, visual merchandising, containers, craft supplies, building materials and furniture.

Reverse Garbage is located within The Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville.

8/142 Addison Road Marrickville NSW 2204

9am to 5pm – Monday to Saturday 9am to 4pm – Sundays or 02 9569 3132

Heritage building center

432B West Botany Street, Rockdale, Sydney NSW

Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5 pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 10am – 3pm

Kimbriki Resource Recovery Centre

Kimbriki Road, off Mona Vale Road, Ingleside/Terrey Hills NSW

02 9486 3512 or 02 9486 3542?OPEN

Monday to Sunday 8am – 4.30pm (garden and road bases from 7am)

Re-use Shop – used furniture, timber, windows, sinks, sleepers, doors etc. Eco House and Garden – education centre for sustainable living. Gardening workshops, events. Recycled road bases, aggregates and sands for landscaping and building (min purchase 1 tonne).?Recycled vegetation and wood waste turned into mulches and composts.

Chippendale Restorations

26 Parsons Street, Rozelle NSW

02 9810 6066

Monday to Friday 7.30am – 5pm, Saturday 9am – 5pm


Rare original leadlights, marble fireplace surrounds and heritage salvage, reproduction period features, custom joinery. View photos and prices on the website.

The Junkyard

11 Bennett Road, Londonderry NSW

02 4572 5211 or 0400 873 310

7 days 10am – 4pm

Massive outdoor junk yard with everything from building materials to car parts, shed and household contents, machinery, furniture, farm equipment, rusty junk and miscellaneous stuff. Good for upcycling ingredients.

Riverside 2ndhand Building Supplies

66 Riverside Drive, Chipping Norton NSW

02 9755 3984

Thursday and Friday 7am to 3.30pm or by appointment

A variety of secondhand building materials including windows, timber, bricks, doors, pavers, roof sheeting. A division of Ronnies Demolitions.

Useful Websites

Home page



Council Throw Outs

council throw outs are a great source of material to upcycle. See the links below for a when different suburbs have their council clean up days.

Botany Bay City Council Household Waste Services info
City Of Sydney Household Waste Removal Days
Leichardt Municipal Council General Pick Ups 
Manly Council Waste Collection Days 
Mosman Municipal Council Rubbish Collection Dates

North Sydney Council Waste Removal Dates 
Pittwater Council Clean Up Collection Dates 

Randwick City Council Rubbish Removal Dates
Rockdale Council General Clean Up Dates
Ryde Council Clean Up Dates 
Strathfield Council Rubbish Removal Information 
Sutherland Shire Council Bi Annual Pick Up Dates 
The Hills Shire On – Call Kerb Side Collection Service 
Warringah Council Waste Collection Calendar
Willoughby Council Waste Pick Up Dates 
Woollahra Council Rubbish Removal Dates

Waverly Council Rubbish Removal Dates



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Design and Technology Projects – 2013-08-13

Design and Technology Projects – 2013-08-13