EERN’s role is to provide emergency aid to those in need, however we do have space limitations in our warehouse, so it is important that we collect only items that are suitable to our agency members’ needs. These needs may change from time to time.
The condition of the items collected is important. Furniture and other household items in poor condition are not acceptable as we will ultimately have to spend valuable funds to dispose of them. The final decision as to whether or not to accept donated items is at the discretion of our drivers and crew at the time of pick up, or the Warehouse Coordinator if the items are delivered directly to the warehouse.
Delivery / Collection: Donations can be delivered to EERN’s warehouse between 9am and 1pm, Monday to Friday. Alternatively, arrangements can be made to have your items collected by our volunteers by contacting our warehouse on 9874 8433 during business hours to arrange a time for collection.
Our collection areas are the Local Government Areas of Whitehorse, Manningham, Maroondah, Knox, Monash and Boroondara
Items Accepted by EERN include the following:
- Household Furniture (in good condition)
- Whitegoods (in good working order)
- Electrical Appliances (in working order) – microwaves, TVs, toasters, kettles, lamps, heaters, fans etc. All donated electrical appliances must be electrically and functionally tested and tagged by us in accordance with Australian Standards. Those with cords that are frayed, torn or damaged are not accepted. EERN does not have the resources to be able to repair damaged appliances
- Beds / Mattresses, Bedding / Linen and blankets (in good, clean condition)
- Household Utensils – small amounts of crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment in good clean condition
- Non-perishable food items and toiletries
Items NOT accepted by EERN include the following:
- single chairs
- “fifties style” Laminex tables
- corner units of any size
- desks other than small student desks
- large framed pictures and mirrors
- mattresses with ANY stain or mark
- sofa beds, futons
- old and worn mattresses even if clean
- spring bed bases
- foam or latex mattresses
- “saggy” mattresses
- King-sized beds and mattresses
- anything longer than 1.8 metres high or over 1.8 metres long that is not a mattress or part of a bed base.
- sewing machines
- electrical goods that are in obvious need of repair or look worn out
- electric blankets
- computers and related items (see reference to Eastern Recycling Network below)
- Cathode Ray Tube TVs (i.e. the big bulky old TVs)
- TVs exceeding 80 cms (side to side)
- radiograms, organs, speakers
- double “side by side” door fridges
- bassinets, cots, highchairs, porta cots, car seats, prams, pushers etc (see reference to St Kilda Mums below)
- disability aids
- books/ records
- user consumables
- outdoor items
- anything that is fixed to a building e.g. stove, oven, dishwasher
- carpet offcuts
Eastern Recycling Network Inc will accept anything to do with IT that includes laptops, desktops, keyboards, mice, small speakers and any amount of cabling. The above items do not have to be in working order and can be of any age.
The Eastern Recycling Network website is http://www.erni.asn.au
Telephone No (03) 9879 5211
St Kilda Mums re-homes pre-loved nursery goods to support Victorian families in need. St Kilda Mums collect, sort and redistribute essential equipment for babies and school aged children such as prams, cots, car seats and highchairs. The list of what is acceptable is detailed at What We Can Rehome – https://www.stkildamums.org/pages/donate-things
The Western Emergency Relief Network (WERN) provides a similar type of relief service to that of EERN and is located in the western suburbs of Melbourne and operates within the Local Government Areas of Brimbank, Hobson’s Bay, Hume, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Moreland and Wyndham. It is operated by Rotary Clubs within District 9800.
The WERN website is: https://wernorg.wordpress.com/