We work to enhance and improve the sustainability of the Addison Road Community Centre in many ways.

Net zero

The solar panels we installed across the entire north-facing roof of our Food Pantry and office building in late 2017, saves 16 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. Funding came through a community solar partnership with Powershop and Get Up!. In 2022 we installed solar panels on our Gumbramorra Hall to power a new kitchen and public EV charging station.

170 trees at Addi Road

We care for and maintain 170 trees at Addi Road. These trees provide habitat for birds, insects and animals, along with shade, water retention and reduce urban heat.

Reducing waste

We contract a full waste-recovery service to sort and recycle the mixed waste that goes into the bins at our community centre every day. Our Return & Earn ‘reverse-vending machine’ increases recycling, reduces litter and is a community fundraiser with a 10c refund paid for each container.

Rescuing food, fighting hunger

The right to good food is human right

Sydney households are going hungry as tonnes of perfectly good food is being thrown out.

We rescue food to make excess healthy food more accessible to people experiencing food insecurity. We divert 6-8 tonnes of good food each week from going to landfill.

What food can you, or a business, donate?

We accept fruit & vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household groceries,  including: products close to ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ dates, excess and slow-moving stock or deleted lines, products incorrectly labelled, products with damaged packaging and sample produce.

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We initiated the introduction of a container deposit station here at our community centre in Marrickville back in 2017 to help our community recycle. It is the busiest Return & Earn in the southern hemisphere! 

Open seven days a week, 7am to 9pm 

Recycle cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles. Find out more about what can and cannot be recycled on the Tomra website.

Refund or donate

Every bottle, can or glass recycled is eligible for a small refund or donation to a listed charity, including our food relief service here at Addi Road.

Addi Road established an Urban Habitat program in 2013 to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space at our Centre. The program is based around our Urban Habitat Tree which provides a safe haven and home to threatened bird species in the area.

We led the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in NSW to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors. Citizen scientists recorded wildlife activity and fed data into the Hollows As Home study, run by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

How can we make our city more green, cool, clean, happy and healthy?

The success of our Urban Habitat Tree started a conversation with our arborist that grew to Rethinking the Urban Forest, a conference we initiated and hosted at Addi Road.

Researchers, practitioners, planners, activists, policy-makers and politicians came together to discuss and provide a road map for growing the role of the urban forest in metropolitan Sydney and addressed the political, legal, bureaucratic and cultural barriers. 

At Addi Road we host a thriving community garden, a nursery and composting.

Addison Road Community Garden, behind the Greek Theatre, is run by volunteers and provides a space to grow food locally and build community amongst interested locals. You’re welcome to get involved

Addi Road collaborates with local organisation HoboGro who provide education on composting, fertilizing and waste reduction to locals and students across the Inner West.