Our Services

Battery, Phone & Camera Recycling

Do your bit for the planet and bring in your batteries, mobile phones and cameras to Railway House where they’ll be collected by the City of Yarra for recycling!

Batteries contain toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and nickel, which contaminate the environment when they are improperly disposed of.  Mobile phones & cameras contain plastics and metals, some of which can be separated and recycled.  Let’s keep it all out of landfill!

Soft Plastic Recycling

Did you know that North Carlton Railway Neighbourhood House is a collection point for soft plastics?  Bring in your soft plastics (any plastic that can be “scrunched up” – eg. plastic shopping bags, packaging from pasta, biscuits and frozen foods) and a volunteer will take them to Coles or Woolworths from where they are transported to RedCycle and made into a range of products.  More information at http://www.redcycle.net.au/

Book Swap

Most people have a collection of already-read books gathering dust and taking up space on their shelves. Unless a book is exceptional, chances are you won’t read it again.  So why not bring your quality used books to Railway House, and peruse our Book Swap trolley for something to borrow?


We are unable to take any food scraps for compost currently, but please watch this space for updates.

Photocopying & Printing

Printing, scanning and photocopying services available for a small donation of 10c per page.

Internet Access & Computer Use

Free WiFi and computer use from 9:30 to 5:00, Monday through Thursday and from 9:30 to 1:30 on Fridays.

Bread Tag Recycling

Bring in your plastic bread tags and they will be recycled locally to raise funds to buy wheelchairs for disadvantaged people, mostly in South Africa. Read more at at https://ozbreadtagsforwheelchairs.org.au/