Welcome to Pianos Recycled

It's World Environment Day today and this is how Pianos Recycled is trying to change the Piano Industry. We are not just dealing with the pianos-at-end-of-life: we are talking to the piano manufacturers of today. Because millions of black pianos are currently being produced , finished in a very popular shiny polyester resin that cannot be reused at the end of the piano life. It will not break down in landfill. We will not be able to produce pieces of furniture from the coated timber like we are managing to do with the beautifully veneered timbers used 100 years ago. The reason there is such an excess of second hand pianos, and many are being dumped, is because much of the piano market is now taken by imported new black pianos. Pianos Recycled is thinking about environmental impacts 10, 50 and 100 years down the track that will arise due to the piano manufacturing practices of Now.

The Year Ahead

At Pianos Recycled, we have a simple objective - to give new life to old pianos!

We save unwanted pianos from an ignoble end through handcrafted restoration or imaginative re-purposing. We process each instrument thoughtfully and creatively to extract not only a useful future as a unique and valued item, but we also ensure the embodied qualities of the piano's materials and craftsmanship receive the respect they deserve.

Most unwanted pianos end up in landfill, which is both a loss of heritage and waste of resources. If you have an unwanted piano and want to be environmentally responsible, you can now choose a viable and unique alternative path for it.

And help sustain our planet into the future!

Something New for the 2021 School Year!

"PREPS" is a Programme for Recycled Educational Pianos in Schools - a joint initiative of Hendry Pianos and Pianos Recycled.

This applies the Street Piano idea into school's playgrounds. Join an increasing number of Melbourne schools providing a working and tuned piano to liven up kid's lunchtimes.

Get your school a piano for Free (you pay only for delivery and tuning). Simply email us "PREPS" and your contact details to pianosrecycled@gmail.com



We were on Channel 9 News Recently!

Pianos Recycled Founder and Principal Partner, Mike Hendry recently spent some time chatting with Tim Beanland for this illuminating podcast. Mike has over 40 years of experience in the piano and music industry as a piano tuner, restorer and seller through his business, Hendry Pianos. After witnessing the end of some pianos by sledgehammer, he had the foresight to venture into facilitating their recycling, and so Pianos Recycled was born. The full episode is at:

Itunes: https://apple.co/32Fpg4s

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/39beXHU

  • Respect

    The ancient skills, craftsmanship, scarce resources and provenance embodied in the piano

  • Reduce

    The number of pianos ending up in landfill and consequently the impact on the environment

  • Restore

    A piano to playable condition where possible and feasible

  • Repurpose

    A piano's materials into unique, customized, individually designed products.

  • Recycle

    A piano's residual materials for later re-use

Want to join our community dedicated to saving unwanted pianos from landfill?

The Pianos Recycled community embraces Circular Economy principles as it believes transitioning away from a world of take, make and throw away and towards one that is regenerative and renewable provides some of the answer for the planet's health.

Our community consists of individuals, businesses and organisations like these:

  • Artisans who would like to learn more about hand creating unique jewellery, furniture or anything else from piano timbers, veneers, metals and ivory.
  • Businesses that provide quality materials to wood and metal artisans and jewellery craftspeople
  • Guild or associations representing artisans and jewellery craftspeople
  • Potential piano donor
  • Just interested in the cause to save pianos from landfill

News & Events


We are working with local Burwood framers Shot, Framed and Hung to create picture/photo frames made from the hardwood piano moldings #pianosrecycled #shotframedhung #pictureframes #sustainabledesign

Posted by Pianos Recycled on Thursday, October 19, 2017


50 pianos later #pianosrecycled #pianos #recycling #woodworking

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