Mosaic Workshops at Reverse Garbage


The second stage of the creation of our Indigenous Storytelling Garden, the Yenmala Nura (‘Let’s Walk Through Country’) Garden, is underway!

Thank you to volunteers who have spared their time to contribute to the mosaic pieces. The garden will soon feature a mosaic ‘yarning circle’ made from donated Reverse Garbage tiles and featuring various Aboriginal symbols found in the garden.

We greatly appreciate the help and support of community volunteers to see this project completed. If you’re looking to volunteer your time, contribute to a community art project, learn new creative skills and ‘make your mark’ on a piece of Marrickville history that will last for decades – please come down and get creative!

No previous experience necessary, all materials and equipment will be provided, along with technique and safety advice (gluing and some tile cutting) . Children aged 10+ years up are welcome to assist parents/carers.

Workshop times

10am to 12pm
1pm to 3pm

Workshop days coming up

10am, Friday 19 December 2014
10am, Tuesday 23 December 2014.

January 2015 dates TBC.

If you’re interested in becoming involved, please email us at


The Yenmala Nura Garden yarning circle, 2.5m diameter. Artwork and design by Billyara Aboriginal Art ( Mosaic instruction and installation by Creativity Wild (

Reverse Garbage Xmas Trading Hours


Reverse Garbage Xmas & NY Trading Hours

Reverse Garbage Marrickville will be closed:

* From 12pm Christmas Eve
* All day Christmas Day
* All day Boxing Day


* All day New Years Eve
* All day New Years Day

Our loading dock with be CLOSED and not accepting donations starting Sunday 21 December 2014.

First day of trading and our dock opens for donations Monday 5 January 2015 – see you then!

A very merry Ch-reuse-mas to our customers, partners, donors, suppliers and friends!

The Reverse Garbage Team

Reverse Garbage Xmas Street Sale

Reverse Garbage Xmas Street Sale

On the 12th and 13th December we will be holding an Xmas Street Sale on the road outside Reverse Garbage!!!

HUGE DISCOUNTS on a range of materials – fill an office bin for $5 (selected items) – as well as enjoy a family fun day with a kids reuse craft table, live entertainment, music (Radio Skid Row live on Saturday), food and visit the newly opened Yenmala Nura Garden!


* Conditions apply, please see staff for details.

Reverse Garbage Welcomes Dare Kavanagh as Chief Executive Officer

Dare Photo

Reverse Garbage announced today that Dare Kavanagh has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Community Co-Operative, effective immediately.

Yvette Andrews, Reverse Garbage President, said that Dare Kavanagh brings to the organisation substantial experience from the public, not-for-profit and private sector, as well as significant leadership experience and an understanding of membership based organisations.

“Dare has the combination of local and overseas experience in all aspects of social enterprise management. Dare has been a long-term supporter of Reverse Garbage and actively practices reuse, so we believe she is a perfect fit for the organisation and the ethos of Reverse Garbage.”

“It’s a very exciting time to join Reverse Garbage as CEO,” said Dare Kavanagh. “This year Reverse Garbage celebrates an incredible 40 years of saving resources form landfill and educating the community about reuse and sustainability. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute my skills and experience to this important Sydney institution. I look forward to working with the team of staff at Reverse Garbage, the Board of Directors, our Members and volunteers to continue the ongoing success of Reverse Garbage.”

“Some of the areas I will be focusing on immediately will be increasing opportunities for members and volunteers to be actively involved with the organisation, as well as broadening the range of creative materials available at Reverse Garbage.”

As such, Reverse Garbage will be holding a huge Xmas Street Party Sale on 12th and 13th of December where customers can get their Christmas presents and stocking fillers at very low prices.

“The sale of these items will open up spaces in our reuse centre to offer new and exciting materials for customers. The day will also have a street festival flare with food, live music and reuse activities for families. I look forward to introducing myself and chatting with customers about Reverse Garbage throughout the day.”

For interviews and media opportunities please contact Mark Bond, Marketing & Communications Manager, on
0413 277 311 or


For media enquiries and interviews with Dare Kavanagh, please contact Mark Bond, Reverse Garbage Marketing Manager on 02 9569 3132 or

We’re Drrrreaming of a Reuse Christmas

A big part of the enjoyment of Christmas is having fun with family and friends.  Why not add a dash of creativity and reuse to the festive mix by decorating your home, office or classroom with decorations made by you and from materials you can easily find at home or at Reverse Garbage?

Our RG creative staff have put together some of their favourite Christmas decorations you can easily make and with pride! Not only do they look fantastic, they become a focal point at Christmas dinner when people realise they’ve been made by hand and innovatively from every day items.

PLUS – they are extra easy to make because we’ve pre-packaged the materials for you! The Pre-Packaged Christmas Packages will be available at our reuse centre in Marrickville Friday 5 December 2014. Too easy!

Merry Ch-reuse-mas! :)


The Yenmala Nura Indigenous Storytelling Garden Comes to Life


Members of the community are invited to attend the official opening of the Yenmala Nura (“Let’s Walk Through Country”) Indigenous Storytelling Garden at The Addison Road Community Centre, 12:30pm Tuesday 25 November 2014.

Reverse Garbage, Australia’s largest creative reuse centre, and Billyara Aboriginal Art have transformed the once derelict and run down garden area – originally built some 30 years ago – into a thriving and colourful community space with Indigenous designs, patterns and colours by award winning Aboriginal Artist, Brett Parker.

The Yenmala Nura Garden features a range of creatures, animals, totems and symbols brought to life via traditional and contemporary Aboriginal designs. Visitors to the garden will learn about the cultural significance and history of these entities through tours, information signs and comprehension activity sheets for children.

“When I first arrived at the garden, I saw all the possible Dreamtime and creation stories,” said Billyara Aboriginal Artist Brett Parker. “We restored the old statues and made some additions – a hunter and a gatherer, Tiddalik the frog, a pelican – and through them we have brought stories to life and created a space where the community can learn about Indigenous artwork and culture in a fun and engaging way.”

The garden also features edible bush tucker for the community to sample and take home such as native leek, bush peppermint and bush spinach.

“The bush tucker garden beds are all made from reuse materials from Reverse Garbage”, explains Reverse Garbage Marketing Manager, Mark Bond. “Pyramid and vertical garden beds have been made from old wooden pallets, planters from old timber and a giant crocodile created from car tyres. All demonstrating creative reuse.”

“We are fortunate to also collaborate with Petersham TAFE Outreach and Palletable Furniture who teach youth at risk new skills, such as making the picnic tables in the garden from wooden pallets.”

“We also look forward to completing a stunning mosaic Yarning Circle made from unwanted wall tiles; a recent addition to our original plan for the garden,” adds Bond.

The Yenmala Nura Garden is located next to the southern end of Reverse Garbage, within The Addison Road Community Centre, 8/142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW.

Members of the community are welcome to attend the launch which will feature a traditional smoking ceremony, Aboriginal dancers, bush tucker food and more. RSVP to


The Yenmala Nura Garden project has been funded through the generosity of Disney Club Penguin.

Sincere thanks also to the following project contributors

For all media enquiries please contact Mark Bond Reverse Garbage Marketing Manager, 0413 277 311 or

Yenmala Nura Garden Opening Invitation EMAIL

Customer Service Assistant – Casual



  • Much-loved, Community Co-Operative
  • Fun and Creative Workplace
  • Reuse Centre & Shop

Reverse Garbage is Australia’s largest creative reuse centre dedicated to promoting and practicing reuse through its wide range of programs and services.

A not-for-profit Community Co-Operative, Reverse Garbage is looking for Casual Customer Service Assistant(s) to join the team at our Marrickville reuse centre and Redfern reuse shop, ReConsidered:

Duties include:

  • Serving customers, handling money and processing sales.
  • Providing customer assistance, including promoting programs and services.
  • Answering customer enquiries (face to face or via telephone).
  • Directing customer enquiries to appropriate staff.
  • General tidying and stock maintenance.
  • Fill casual shifts at Marrickville and Redfern.

Essential skills:

  • Previous retail/customer service experience.
  • Confident and friendly customer service skills.
  • Experience in handling money and sales transactions.
  • Ability to multi-task, work with a team and prioritise duties.

This is a rare opportunity to join a fun, creative and much-loved not-for-profit charity. Ideal candidates will have an active interest in reuse and environmental issues. Casual shifts will be on a rotating roster.

No Recruitment Agencies please.


More information about Reverse Garbage and ReConsidered:




Indigenous Storytelling Garden


Thanks to the support of Disney Club Penguin and The Addison Road Community Centre, we are in the final stages of completing an Indigenous Storytelling Garden (yet to be named) close to our Marrickville reuse centre.

The garden will broaden opportunities for physical, intellectual, creative, social and cultural development for children in the community. The garden will be constructed sustainably using reuse materials from Reverse Garbage and is an opportunity for children and the community to learn about the Aboriginal culture and reuse through furniture, activities, a ‘bush tucker’ garden and art installations featured in the space.

The garden has been developed in consultation with award-winning Aboriginal Artist Brett Parker ( and will be a visual and interactive learning experience for children and families who visit. The garden will feature various animals and creatures from the Dreaming along with storyboard/signposted descriptions of their significance and meaning.

For more photos visit:


We welcome volunteers of all ages – children to adults – to contribute to the space by painting some of the statues with the guidance of Brett Parker. Some of the statues in the garden have existed for more than 30 YEARS and with the restoration and construction of other statues, this garden will continue to thrive for another 30 years! One amazing story which has already come from the garden is of a local resident who helped paint some of the original statues some 30 years ago. Recently she was delighted when her daughters were able to follow her footsteps and repaint some of the current statues!

To register your interest in volunteering and contributing to the garden, please email


Margaret-Anne visits RG for help to raise funds for Cancer Research


It was our absolute pleasure to meet Margaret-Anne at Reverse Garbage Marrickville today!

Margaret-Anne, at the age of 74, is the oldest participant in the CAN TOO fundraising initiative and the highest fundaiser to date!

The CAN TOO charity trains individuals to participate in running and swimming events in return for fundraising sponsorships. Funds raised go directly to Cure Cancer Foundation Australia who grant approx. $100,000 a year to cancer researchers. Collectively, CAN TOO fundraisers have raised $13.3 million dollars in less than eight years!

Margaret-Anne has raised a staggering $170,001 since July 2007 with a goal of raising half a million dollars by her 77thth birthday. On May 5th Margaret-Anne became the oldest skydiver to make a tandem sky dive from a height of 14,000 ft. with Sky Dive the Beach as a Can Too fundraiser. WOW!

It was a pleasure to donate some of our orange City of Sydney Banners to Margaret-Anne for her to use to decorate her next fundraising event. Margaret even baked one of her renowned chocolate slices for us which we all devoured with a nice cup of tea!

If you would like to donate to Margaret-Anne’s fundraising, please head to:


‘Junk’ to be ReConsidered with New Shop by Reverse Garbage

ReConsidered Logo

Always developing and researching new ways to increase the reuse of materials and decrease the amount of valuable resources heading to landfill, Reverse Garbage is set to launch a new reuse social enterprise – ‘ReConsidered’ – an exciting shopfront space located in the heart of Redfern.

“ReConsidered seeks to inspire others to literally reconsider the notion of what is ‘waste’ and ‘garbage’ and to see value and function in materials which have been thrown to the wayside,” said Reverse Garbage CEO Narelle Mantle. “The new shop space will feature a range of unique interior décor and furnishings, sustainable art works and a range of other… curiosities.”

Some of these rare finds have also been lovingly restored or upcycled by Reverse Garbage’s ReStore and ReCreate Team – a creative collective of staff artists, educators and designers committed to the organisation’s mission to practice reuse and work exclusively with only reuse materials.

In addition, ReConsidered will devote a space in its shop for a monthly exhibit of artworks and art installations made by local Artists to promote their work and the use of reuse materials to create art.

ReConsidered will open its doors on Thursday 10 April at 167 Regent Street, Redfern. Hours of operation are Wednesdays to Sundays, 11am to 6pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

To find out more follow the ReConsidered facebook page at:

ReConsidered Launch

ReConsidered will officially open its doors 11am, Thursday 10 April 2014. An official launch celebration will take place from 6pm to 9pm with special guests, entertainment and canapés. All welcome!


For media enquiries and interviews please contact Mark Bond, Reverse Garbage Marketing Manager on 02 9569 3132.