A new life for 3.1M kg of pre-loved items

Garage Sale Trail

Over two weekends in November, the Garage Sale Trail helped to save 3.1 million kilograms of second-hand goods, of which 29 per cent – or 900,000 kilograms – would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

The Garage Sale Trail, a nationwide waste education and behaviour change event, was this year supported by 100 local governments, the New South Wales Environmental Protection Agency and private sector partners, PayPal and Poshmark.

Greg Christensen, Scenic Rim Mayor and Chair of the south-east Queensland Council of Mayors Waste Working Group, said the results in his community highlighted Australians commitment to reducing waste and increasing participation in the circular economy.

“Programs such as the Garage Sale Trail play a valuable role in shifting community perceptions of purchasing second-hand, supporting the transition to a circular economy and enabling more effective reuse and recycling of unwanted items,” Christensen said.

Results of a recent report by Taverner Research Group into the Garage Sale Trail program showed that 290,871 people participated in the 2022 program, a 69 per cent increase in participation on the previous year.

Michael Trigwell, Managing Director of Taverner Research Group shared the results of the report.

“Out of those who shopped at the Garage Sale Trail in 2022, 33 per cent had never previously bought a second-hand item before,” Trigwell said. “What’s more, 59 per cent of sellers had not previously been part of a re-sale activity, whether that be hosting a garage sale or selling stuff on an online marketplace. Both these factors mean an increase in the supply and demand for second-hand products locally into the future.”

Expressions of interest are now open to join the Garage Sale Trail program in 2023.

For more information, visit: garagesaletrail.com.au


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