PDMSInc and PCC up-cycle project

It all starts here ….

Parramatta City Council (PCC) and Parramatta District Men’s Shed Inc. (PDMSInc) join forces to reduce LANDFILL:

Roadside collections

Roadside collections


Hard wood fencing – from local fencing contractors

PCC up-cycle project

PCC asked our shed if we would like to be involved in an environmental project to help Parramatta and prevent some landfill …. the initial plan was for Our shed, on council roadside collection days, to pick up usable re-recyclable wood and metal.

After several sessions of roadside collection it became evident that there was not a lot of material to collect …. some of the locals were beating us to it ….. so we made arrangements with some of the local fencing contractors to deliver to our shed old hardwood palings destined for the tip. So a benefit to the fencing contractor and to our project.

During the PDMSInc collection periods PCC discovered that Primary schools within the LGA were looking for garden type seating and potting benches for their garden areas.

So PDMSInc member Robert McKenzie went through a detailed design and approval phase with PCC to come up with the final products …. bench seats, potting table and mudpie kitchen. Robert made a proto-type and refined it once or twice to end up with FINAL PRODUCTS (get the plans for  potting-bench-final-design,   pdms-up-cycling-design-documents-garden-box-and-others ) HERE


Creating Bench seat frame


Stabilising Potting Bench


Mud-Pie Kitchen








Twelve months down the track from the start of the idea the products were delivered to 13 schools in the local area ….

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Final product ready for delivery

Final product ready for delivery

Here are some of the happy recipients  ……. (to see all the schools visit our NEWS page)


Pendle Hill Primary School


Rydalmere Public School


Oatlands Public School