Townsend day care's treasures were once trash
USUALLY preferring to work under the cover of darkness, upcyclers and recyclers scurry through people's trash to find the few things that can be turned into treasure.
There has always been an element of thrill when it comes to kerbside cleanup, which stems from the chance of getting caught rummaging through someone's junk.
But the results speak for themselves.
Townsend Cubby House for Kids is one place with proof that giving unwanted items a second life can bring great joy to people's lives.
In the playground children play house in a recycled pallet kitchen, complete with a sink and microwave found on the side of the road, water the bathtub garden, and pretend to be birds in the aviary, another kerbside collection find.
But the trash-to-treasure find that stands out the most is a little red fire truck which is clearly loved by all.
Child care worker Angela Webster, who has earned herself the title of 'kerbside queen' among her colleagues, found the components for what presumably used to be a bed during last year's annual collection.
"I went past it a few times, just trying to work out what I could do with it," she said.
"My poor husband had to stop and help me load it on the roof. We all put our thoughts together and our resident handyman Rob made it into a fire engine."
This year, she is on the hunt again, as are the other child care workers at the centre.
"We're always on the look out for something we can use and we put out alerts this time of year," she laughed.
"It's better to have something be recycled than thrown out. You never know what people will think is trash that can be turned into little treasures."
The recycle/upcycle culture also sends an important message to the young developing minds at the centre.
"Recycling is something that is intertwined into the day care's curriculum, from chook scraps to the fire truck," Ms Webster said
"We're trying to teach the kids that not everything has to be shiny and new; sometimes things don't need to go to landfill if they use their creativity and imagination."