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Green Skills is committed to a zero waste future

Our flagship “not waste” project is the Denmark Tip Shop

Operating since 2001 it has diverted thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill. It provides employment and a range of volunteering and skill development opportunities. Green Skills demonstrates a commitment to a zero waste future across all areas of the organisation from our office management to our programs and events.

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Pick Up A Plastic Free July 2020 Starter Kit!

Get your free Plastic Free July starter kit from Green Skills Albany during July, 2020! This little paper bag is full of information, vouchers, samples and freebies to get you started on your waste reduction journey. Drop into the office at 38 Graham Street,...

Farewell Aline

It’s a sad day for the Perth Office as Aline says goodbye to Green Skills for the last time. Aline has been a part of Green Skills since 2001 and in the last few years made an outstanding impact with her hugely popular Bees Wax Wraps workshops and Modern Cloth Nappies...

Bandicoots at Balijup !

Bandicoots, Birds and Eco-restoration program at Balijup farm near Cranbrook 16-2- Jan 2020 This Green Skills camp involved four days of Bandicoot and fauna trapping and other environmental monitoring on Balijup, a special property forming part of the Gondwana Link...


Green Skills launches Containers for Change in Albany

On October 1st, the Containers for Change launched over 200 depots across Western Australia.
One of these depots is run by Green Skills at their new location – 93 Stead Road, Centennial Park.

We hit the ground running, and honestly have not stopped.
It has been fantastic to see so many people sorting, collecting and bringing in their containers for recycling.

So how does it all work?

The consumer gets 10c per eligible container.
Green Skills (or the Operator Refund Point) gets 6c per container for processing.
Essentially, the more containers delivered to a particular Authorised Refund Point on a regular basis, the more people that can be employed.

How do I get my money?

There are two ways:

  1. Cash: For a cash refund, you need to wait whilst we sort and count your containers.
    This can only be done during our set operating hours, and please note: sometimes we only have smaller change if we have been really, really busy!
  2. Scheme ID: To set up a scheme ID, you go to the Containers for Change website.
    When you come into the depot, you can leave a bag with your Scheme ID inside and then we have 3 days to count this. When they have been counted you get an email with a breakdown of the types and numbers of different containers you have had counted. In future we will have 24 hr Bag Drop facility where you can drop off these bags outside of our regular opening hours.

The Scheme ID to donate to Green Skills is:


Your donations help green skills to fund projects and give back to community

What if I want to donate my containers to Green Skills or another charity / community group but I live in another area?

You can donate using a Scheme ID.

In the same way that individuals set up a Scheme ID, community groups and fundraising bodies can also set up a Scheme ID.

If you are needing a hand or not sure how to do this, please reach out to Kate or Laura at the Green Skills depot via email: [email protected]

At the Container Recycling Depot in Albany we also have a list on the board of the Scheme IDs of many local groups and charities. You could add your group to this list and make it easier for people to know how they can donate to your group.

Have you considered how much you could fundraise?
If 50 people donated 20 containers every single week for a year that would be another $5200 of donations received for your cause in 12 months. (Most people tend to donate more than that or are able to pick up 100+ containers at a time simply collecting litter from road sides or the beach! A litter collection spree could fast become a major fundraising event, benefiting you and the environment at the same time)

When are you open?

We are currently open:

  • 9am – 3pm Weekdays
  • 11am – 2pm Weekends
  • Closed on Public Holidays

Please Note: If you need to drop off outside our regular hours or arrange a pickup please contact Kate Ryan-Taylor on (0409) 462 450 or [email protected]. Please allow a few days for this to be organised as this is based on availability of staff & volunteers.

As we get busier and grow we will look to extend our hours. We welcome your feedback and input to this process.

Pick Up A Plastic Free July 2020 Starter Kit!

Get your free Plastic Free July starter kit from Green Skills Albany during July, 2020! This little paper bag is full of information, vouchers, samples and freebies to get you started on your waste reduction journey. Drop into the office at 38 Graham Street, Centennial Park, Albany during 9-3 weekdays to pick up yours this month.

Plastic Free July is a challenge to refuse single use plastic for the month of July. Get tips, inspiration and sign up for the challenge here. You can also find resources here on the Green Skills website under our Resources tab. There is heaps you can do, even during these challenging pandemic conditions, to reduce single use plastic in your life.

Thanks to the Waste Authority of WA for supporting this project.

Denmark Tip Shop Now Open Again! Come and Browse…

Green Skills is very happy to open up our Denmark Tip Shop to customers again after 9 weeks of closure due to the Covid19 crisis. The Tip Shop is back to its normal 7 days per week operating hours of 12 – 4 pm Monday to Saturday, and 9am – 1pm on Sunday.

Lots of work by our Tip Shop staff and volunteers has been done during this time of closure to revamp and tidy the shed spaces and install new flooring in sheds. Big Thanks to all who have done such a great contribution to making this happen. The Tip Shop is looking fantastic and is ready and welcoming for you to come and donate goods and re-usable household/garden/building items, or browse for that special something at an excellent bargain.

Please remember that we do have to continue to respect physical distancing and stay at home if you are sick messages to stop the spread of contagious illness and please be considerate and understanding of staff who will need to ensure that relevant maximum customer number regulations are adhered to.

The Denmark Tip Shop, which began in 2001 as a single shed, has grown into a thriving community centre with 8 sheds, and continues to provide one of the best in West Australia for community waste reduction, recycling and sustainable re-use of goods. The Tip Shop is a flag-ship enterprise of Green Skills Inc. Green Skills is proud to announce that we were recently selected as the winner of the 2020 WA AIM RAC Pinnacle Award for Green Business Excellence.

We look forward to seeing you having a browse for that “special” item, turning trash into treasure at the Tip Shop.

Denmark Tip Shop closed until further notice due to COVID-19 trading restrictions – reopening soon!

Dear Denmark Tip Shop customers and valued visitors – We greatly regret having to close the Tip Shop during this COVID-19 epidemic period. Green Skills assures you that we will reopen as soon as the Federal Government lifts the current restrictions placed on non-essential business trading. Our staff and customer’s safety is our primary concern and because we can’t ensure social distancing protocols as required under government regulations, we have decided that it is the right thing to do to close the Tip Shop. PLEASE do not throw away those items that you would otherwise donate to the Tip Shop but keep them in storage to donate to us when we reopen. We will be relying on our Denmark community’s support to help us re-build our Tip Shop into the thriving community business that it has been and will be as soon as we reopen. PLEASE do not leave any items at the Tip Shop gates, as we are not accepting goods at this time, and items left will just become a mess for someone to have to clean up when we open the gates to you all again. We will keep you posted on when we hope to reopen, but until we hear from the government, we can’t give any definite reopening date at this time, but keep an eye on the website because we hope that we will reopen soon.

Green Skills thanks you for your valued support to date, and we look forward to reopening our Tip Shop in the near future and re-building to normal activity when these difficult times are over.

Farewell Aline

It’s a sad day for the Perth Office as Aline says goodbye to Green Skills for the last time.

Aline has been a part of Green Skills since 2001 and in the last few years made an outstanding impact with her hugely popular Bees Wax Wraps workshops and Modern Cloth Nappies projects.

Her warmth and enthusiasm was infectious and the Perth Office will not be the same without her.

All the best for the future Aline. We are sure you’ll do amazing things.

Sustainable Community Festival 21st March

The 2020 Sustainable Community Festival in Albany is shaping up to be an absolutely amazing event.
Green Skills are welcoming new supporter Sustain: Community Food Events Food for Thought Festival PLUS the City of Albany South West Street Fest in addition to the Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre Harmony Day.

West Australia’s premier sustainable living event has evolved to include cultural diversity and sustainable economies, held in the Albany Town Square during Harmony week on Saturday 21st March.

York Street will be buzzing with everything from:

  • local markets
  • a cultural array of music
  • kids activities
  • street food
  • Hands-on workshops for both kids and adults
  • presentations on everything from gardening, re-gen Ag and the Regional School Cook-off
  • and more

Leading the presentations will be Sabrina Hahn.

Sabrina is a whole lot of Hort with Heart – a master gardener, horticultural professional, award winning radio presenter and writer. She has passion for the creation of sustainable landscapes that make cities more live-able. Her aim is to educate listeners in the importance of creating biodiversity in their own backyards. She believes that the diminishing green spaces in urban areas are making our cities sterile hot spots. Urban gardens play a vital role in returning biodiversity into our cities and offering people a space for physical and mental well-being.

You won’t want to miss this event. Mark it in your diary NOW!!!

Proudlove Parade Night Markets final for January

Finishing January on a high with our biggest night planned yet. Do you celebrate Valentines Day or Easter? Then we have a range of gifts available for you this week. Waxiwraps will be here with their amazing sustainable solutions to reduce the need for single use plastic. Plants and fertiliser for the garden, fruit and veg, jams, sauces, soaps, woodwork, and new art work from Awesome Aboriginal and Kara Matters. Shale Pottery is having specials on this week.  You can have a tarot card experience reading by Shona. Great local food and coffee by Gin Lao, Bar Tarifa and Pla Thai and Quickshot Coffee.  Up-cycled wares from Vamp it Up and Sharee Orell are always popular.

Do you have hard to shop for people in your life? How about a buying a tour for your loved ones and visitors to experience our local and regional landmarks, wineries and restaurants? Award winning Busy Blue Bus will be available at the markets this week to answer your queries.

Local Proudlove Parade Town Team business La Botanic are having red cross specials on a range of house plants, Barletta’s and Yak On York have great dinner options too on Thursday Nights. And don’t forget the public lectures at the Wave Energy Centre from 5pm – 7pm.

We will have fantastic buskers from 4pm onwards.


Bandicoots at Balijup !

Bandicoots, Birds and Eco-restoration program at Balijup farm near Cranbrook 16-2- Jan 2020

This Green Skills camp involved four days of Bandicoot and fauna trapping and other environmental monitoring on Balijup, a special property forming part of the Gondwana Link conservation program.

14 participants worked with wildlife biologist Andy McCreery, Alisia Lampropoulos, & Basil Schur of Green Skills and others on a range of citizen science monitoring activities at and near Balijup farm including bandicoot re-trapping,bird surveying ( with Andrew Dickinson), woodland cockatoo hollow survey & Sanctuary fence maintenance. Thanks to Aunty Carol Petterson, Noongar elder, for participating and for the enthusiastic support of the Balijup owners, Alan Hordacre, Anne Vanderbyl and Richard Hordacre.

The 111ha Sanctuary was launched in May 2015 with Bandicoots ( Quenda), re introduced into the enclosure from whiich foxes and cats are excluded.A

This project was supported by the WA Government’s State NRM program and the Koorabup Trust. It also formed part of the Festival of Birds and Biodiversity 2020, supported by Lotterywest, Great Southern Development Commission, BirdLife WA and Green Skills

A Quenda ( Southern Brown Bandicoot) about to be released after capture, tagging and measuring.


100 cage traps were set out in the 111 ha fenced Sanctuary enclosure


Capturing and carefully handling the fauna caught


Group processing and measuring animals before release

University students getting experience handling native fauna

Releasing a Quenda


A Brush tailed Possum about to be released after capture


Brush tailed phascogale – first one caught and photographed at the Balijup Sanctuary. Very exciting !


Sarah and Andrew doing a standard bird survey


Anne Vandberbyl ( one of the Co owners of Balijup) brought out scones, cream and home made jam for the hungry team!

Participants on the Cockatoo nesting hollow survey of the wandoo and Jarrah trees


Setting up a wildlife detecting camera in the Sanctuary


Sanctuary Fence maintenance work


Eco-restoration visit to Green Skills and Greening Australian revegetation sites on the Sandiland farm near Kendenup


Visit to the Green Skills bird hideA fam at Lake Matilda, near Kendenup


Aunty Carol Pettersen, Noongar elder, sharing her knowledge, including about sandalwood nuts as valuable bushtucker food


Spotlighting excercise near Lake Nunijup during the event


Ecorestoration visit to the Martagallup Pony Club lake wetland restoration site and constructed islands.


Group enjoying watermelon brought up by Alan Hordacre and partner Kylie.


The group in the Sanctuary about to embark on a Cockatoo nesting hollow survey of the wandoo and Jarrah treas

Proudlove Parade Night Markets creating opportunities for local, small, micro and home-based businesses

We are into the 3rd week of the January roll out of the Night Markets on Proudlove Parade. Thirty businesses from as far as Kojonup through to Denmark, Mt Barker in addition to Albany have showcased their wares and made the most of the opportunity to trade in the Proudlove Parade precinct on a Thursday night. You can find anything there from hand crafted new and up-cycled gifts, fruit and vegetables, honey jams and preserves, clothes, indigenous art, storage options, plants, soaps and candles, beauty products, garden products, jewellery pottery, beds and bbq’s, book a tour and great dinner choices from a variety of food vendors.

This week sees the inclusion of tarot card readings, music and the launch of the Albany Regional Volunteer Service BBQ trailer. This trailer will ultimately be providing breakfasts for the disadvantaged and homeless in Albany and manned by volunteers.

Next door to the markets at 5pm, the Wave Energy Center is conducting a public lecture on research that will be undertaken within the Bremer, Leeuwin, & Perth submarine canyons over the next month. Led by Dr Julie Trotter from the University of Western Australia and partnered with the philanthropic Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI), the expedition has the rare opportunity to use deep-sea ROV technology to explore depths to ~4000 m. For the first time, high definition images will be captured and various fauna will be collected for analysis post-cruise, with a specific focus on deep-sea corals. A large seawater analytical programme will also be undertaken to investigate the unique conditions creating these hotspots of biodiversity.

The markets are open from 4pm to 9pm. Email [email protected] or call Anne Sparrow 0498 194 222 if you would like a stall next week.


James Gentle

Project Manager Denmark Tip Shop Manager

James is committed to the reduction of landfill and the reuse, recycling or upcycling of everyday items. James, a lateral thinker, actively promotes the Tip Shop philosophy through creative arts projects and collaborative ventures with community and school groups in the area.

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Jasmyn Kirkman

Payroll Officer

Jasmyn has been working for many years with Green Skills Albany Ecojobs and has recently expanded her employment role with Green Skills to become our new Payroll Officer. Jasmyn will be sharing her working time between the Green Skills Denmark and Albany offices.  Her role of payroll officer will be mostly undertaken from the Denmark office.

Nicole Robinson

Finance Manager

Nicole has recently joined Green Skills as our new finance manager. Her organisation-wide role of managing the Green Skills finances is delivered from the Denmark office. Nicole is warmly welcomed into the Denmark office team.

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