Hidden treasure among the trash: Red Cross Treasure From Trash Bash

Adrienne Martin, from the Red Cross, will sort the treasure from the trash. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d445077
Adrienne Martin, from the Red Cross, will sort the treasure from the trash. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d445077

DENTURES and designer handbags are some of the donated items Adrienne Martin encountered in her work with Red Cross.

The warehouse co-ordinator said she had seen a mix of donations in three years.

“We get a lot of dentures but we also get some really great stuff,” Ms Martin said. “Someone donated a brand new Yves Saint Laurent handbag.”

Ms Martin will manage a goods collection point in a sea container at Forrest Place.

Red Cross’s collection drive for the Treasure From Trash Bash will open 7am to 2pm until October 23, as part of a series of national sustainability events.

Ms Martin said the effort to sort the rubbish from quality goods was “massive”.

“Last year, Red Cross saved 450 tonnes of waste going into landfill, which was mostly textile,” she said. “We do reuse and recycle a lot.”

Hosted in partnership with City of Perth, the Red Cross, St Vincent de Paul, Good Samaritans, Save the Children and Anglicare will host pop-up op-shops at Forrest Place on October 24.

Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said it was a chance to shop for a bargain and support “the reuse movement”.

“One person’s trash is another’s treasure, and the Treasure From Trash Bash is a fantastic way to pass on what you don’t want to someone who does,” Ms Scaffidi said.