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Feb 082011

Reverse GarbageA great organisation has just moved closer to this region. Brisbane’s Reverse Garbage has moved from West End to the Gabba and is working towards being back open for business on Monday 21st February.

Places like this are very few and far between and I thought it worthy to rave about here.

I went to the Reverse Garbage end of year fundraiser last year and that’s where I initially heard about their move. I’ve been shopping there for years, buying things to paint and draw on as well as some sensational pieces from their gift shop. My sister has found it a good source of inexpensive things to amuse her kids with.

Sheepskin cut offs at Reverse Garbage

Image source: Reverse Garbage

In their own words:

“Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative that collects high quality industrial discards, diverting them from landfill to sell them at low cost to the general public.

Set up in 1998 to support Friends of the Earth – Brisbane, we sell a wide array of interesting and ever-changing materials for re-use. Whether it be art and craft, a school project, something that needs to be renovated around the home, an upcoming theatre production, we probably have materials here that you can use…at a fraction of the price you would normally pay.”

Reverse Garbage’s Brooke Nelson told me they saw this relocation as something they needed to do in order to expand their popular workshop program and take on new and interesting stock.

“We simply outgrew our West End building and needed the bigger space to be able to do bigger and better things in terms of promoting re-use and using salvaged materials for DIY projects, art and craft materials etc,” Brooke said.

Wood at Reverse Garbage

Image source: Reverse Garbage

She said they currently run a popular waste education workshop program that involves going into schools with their van and also running them on the Reverse Garbage site during school holidays. In the new building they will be able to cater for larger groups to come in and have a tour and presentation of what they do.

“Students can then sit down in our new workshop space and have an opportunity to create something from the materials we collect. Its an extremely popular part of our business, so being able to cater for an entire class and more kids during holiday times will be great. We have interesting materials for art and craft activities that you wont find anywhere else,” said Brooke.

Their gift shop stocks items all made from salvaged materials  – from jewellery to home wares and furniture. Brooke says a lot of their products are created by some of their regular customers.

Chook shed

Chook shed and other items in Reverse Garbage gift shop, December 2010

Reverse Garbage needs donations of items, but not just any sort of items and not the sorts of things that you’d usually take to your local op-shop. They are after things like big quantities of boxes, paper, card, fabric, vinyl, plastic, timber and metal. They are probably not the sorts of items most people have in large quantity around the home, but are things that maybe your organisation uses.  This page gives you a good idea of the sort of things they stock. They are also regularly looking for artists and volunteers.

Their grand-opening is on the 26th February 2011, 9am-5pm. View the event on Facebook. There will be free eco-arts workshops between 10am – 3pm for kids, tours of the new warehouse, a veggie sausage sizzle which is a fundraiser for Friends of the Earth and lots of goodies for your D.I.Y or art project.

It will be great if our region becomes a big part of supporting this important organisation.

The new location: 20 Burke street, Woolloongabba. There is access via Ipswich road and Park Road. Park Road train station is about just 100 metres from their door step.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
Genevieve Robey

  One Response to “Reverse Garbage – now at Woolloongabba”

  1. I am searching for a maniquin to display my knitting and crochet projects…do you have any in stock and what would be the cost.

    kind regards, annie

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