the crows nest

The Crow’s Nest is a paramount of the phrase “one persons trash, is another persons treasure’.

The Crow’s Nest

The Crows Nest – a reusable, recycle shop operated by Sustainable Trust South Canterbury. The Trust was established 2002 with the aim of reducing Timaru landfill waste it provides a drop-off option for used items with life yet, that can be recycled and reused. As a Charitable Trust, all proceeds are funnelled towards other sustainable projects like our Eco Centre.

The Crows Nest provides a kerbside collection within Timaru for heavier items like beds, lounge suites, cabinets, TVs, that are unable to fit in your car. If you live in Geraldine, Pleasant Point or Temuka you can take those unwanted items to the refuse sites, free of charge.

Each year thousands of kilograms of waste have been successfully diverted from the landfill, in the year ending 30 June 2021 the team collected 10,610 kgs from Kerbside and 157,892kgs of inward goods from the Crows Nest Drop Off at Redruths Recovery Park. Additionally, 37,160kgs of E-Scrap (electronic waste) and 9830kgs of metal, all for recycling was collected.

This is a massive achievement, and it continues to grow.



The Crows Nest is excellent for those interested in DIY, recycling, upcycling, and general shopping for anyone. In these modern times of a throw-away society, we are making a difference. By reducing waste going to landfill, we are helping to maintain the sustainability of our part of the world, achieving a win-win!


Would you like to take part? It’s easy!

Think of us when you are having a spring clean, moving house, or just having a good “clear out.” If it is clean, reusable, or recyclable, drop it down or give us a ring – we are happy to help and provide advice.  We are always on the lookout for furniture, tools, kitchenware, outdoor furniture, motor mowers, electronics, appliances, pots and pans, art and crafts, bikes, and such items.


Come and visit us at the Crows Nest We think you will enjoy the character, and the opportunity to browse and buy at very good prices.

Help us to maintain a sustainable and bright future for South Canterbury.


The Crow’s Nest is open 7 days a week

Open 7 days a week and constantly being replenished with hundreds of useful items, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for!

The Crow’s Nest Timaru

The Crow’s Nest Timaru

55A Redruth st, Timaru , 7910

Opening Hours:

Monday: 9am – 4:30pm

Tuesday: 9am – 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9am – 4:30pm

Thursday: 9am – 4:30pm

Friday: 9am – 4:30pm

Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm

Sunday: 10am – 4:30pm