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.

Reverse Garbage afloat at the 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras


Reverse Garbage celebrated the 2014 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras in the ‘thick of things’, marching along in our Reverse Garbage float made entirely of reuse materials.

The theme for Reverse Garbage’s Mardi Gras float was “Love the Planet. Love Each Other”  – an important message for all of us and how we treat the planet we live on, as well as celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQI community.

Reverse Garbage also supported Mardi Gras by offering a 20% discount on materials for all floats entered into the parade.

If you participated, we welcome donations of leftover/unwanted float materials as donations to encourage reuse!

For photos, please view our gallery on Facebook:


April School Holiday Workshops at Reverse Garbage!


Don’t lose your marbles these April School Holidays!

If you’re looking for fun, engaging and creative activities for the kids for the April School Holidays – search no more! – the education team at Reverse Garbage will be running two hands-on workshops: RRREUSE ROBOTS and MARBLE RUN!

Reverse Garbage workshops are an opportunity to put the principles of sustainability – and specifically reuse - into practice through fun and creative projects.

All of our workshops aim to teach about waste reduction through the reuse of materials and waste minimisation construction techniques (the majority of our workshops are tape and glue free!).

Participants are given an opportunity to develop important problem solving skills in visual art and design and are encouraged to learn co-operatively through sharing their skills and discoveries with each other.

Reverse Garbage workshops teach valuable skills and techniques that are just as important as choosing reuse materials for a sustainable future.

Who? Children aged 4 to 15 years. Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost? $10 per child (+ online booking fee) – children will receive a $10 Reverse Garbage gift voucher to spend in-store and continue their creativity at home.

Places are limited, so book today!


When: 10:30am to 12pm, Wednesday 16 April 2014.

Make: Beeeeep! Make your very own robot whose limbs and dials you can move, made from reuse materials! Roam the planet with your new robot mate, spreading the message of reducing and reusing.

Develop: Design and construction problem solving skills with reuse materials.


When: 10:30am to 12pm, Wednesday 23 April 2014.

Make: Round and round, sliding doooown! Make a marvelous marble run out of reuse materials you would find in your recycling bin. Watch your marble wind and fall – see who’s marble run is fastest of all!

Develop: An understanding of kinetics and gravity. Work on construction and problem solving skills with re-used materials.


Merry Christmas and RG Trading Hours!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you to all our customers, volunteers, donors, suppliers, collaborators and friends for your continue support throughout 2013. We look forward to a fabulous year with you in 2014.

Christmas & New Year Trading

We will be closed on Christmas Day (25th December), Boxing Day (26th December) and New Years Day (1st January).

Again we wish everyone a merry and safe holiday period!

The Team at Reverse Garbage.

November Nonsense SALE – now on!

RG November SALE

Such amazing savings on reuse materials you’ll think this sale is nonsense!

Kicking off at the same time as National Recycling Week (11 November 2013), Reverse Garbage have put together some fantastic discounts and deals to promote and encourage reuse! Take advantage of some fantastic bargains and save on your budget with the following deals*:

  • Books – 50% off ($1 each!)
  • Fill a milk crate with items from our brick-a-brack room – $5
  • Plastic & cardboard barrels – Buy 2 get 1 FREE
  • Cargo Blankets – $30 each
  • Carpet – All you can carry for $10
  • Outdoor chairs – $1 to $3
  • City of Sydney Banners – $3 each, 3 for $8, 5 for $10
  • Furniture – Prices dropped, or make us an offer
  • Mannequin limbs/parts – 50% off ($2 up!)
  • CDs, DVDs, Videos, Cassettes – 50% off (50 cents up!)
  • Pianos – A crazy $80
  • Items in our ‘Secret Garden’ area – 50% off
  • Shop fittings & Plinths – 50% off
  • Stationery – Fill a milk crate for $1
  • Wood section (includes wooden flats and walls) – fill a ute or trailer for $100
  • Fill a bag of fabrics from our Bag Area for $1-2!


Sale stars 11 November to 25 November 2013. 10% of proceeds from sales on White Ribbon Day will be donated to White Ribbon Australia to stop domestic violence –

*Some exceptions for items may apply. Please see staff for assistance.

Reverse Your e-Waste at Reverse Garbage!

Reverse Garbage eWaste DropOff Flyer A4

Click on image above to enlarge and view e-Waste we will accept

Continuing its mission to divert valuable resources from landfill, Reverse Garbage, Australia’s largest creative reuse organisation, is collaborating with Reverse e-Waste* to provide a FREE e-waste drop off collection service at Reverse Garbage Marrickville.

According to The Australian Bureau of Statistics website (, Australia is one of the largest users of electronic media, with e-Waste one of the fastest growing types of waste.

“More and more we are seeing e-Waste litter our streets,” said Reverse Garbage CEO Narelle Mantle. “We are proud to work with ‘Reverse e-Waste’ to offer our community the ability to safely dispose of their e-Waste. Items collected through our e-Waste drop off point will be available for creative reuse, or alternatively recycled by Reverse e-Waste.”

“Members of the community are welcome to drop off e-Waste items such as old PCs and laptops, mobile phones, VCR/DVD players, batteries, old television sets and much more. For a full listing of what we accept at our Marrickville site, please CLICK HERE.

Launch Event

Reverse Garbage and Reverse e-Waste will host a launch event at Reverse Garbage Marrickville, 12PM Wednesday 9 October 2013. All are welcome to visit the site, bring along any e-Waste items they would like to drop off and enjoy a BBQ lunch.

In addition, Reverse Garbage will showcase its line of handmade reuse furnishings and decorative items made exclusively from reuse. ‘RG ReStore’, the organisation’s name for the service, aims to restore items and upcycle materials found at Reverse Garbage to make quality home/office furnishings and decorative items for the home, office, retail, events and more.

Facts about e-Waste [Source: ABS Website: e-Waste]

  • 17 million televisions and 37 million computers have been sent to landfill (up to 2008).
  • 99% of Australian households have at least one television set, while 55% have a second set.
  • Of the 15.7 million computers that reached their ‘end of life’ in Australia in 2007-08, only 1.5 million were recycled – that’s less the 10%.
  • The cumulative volume of televisions and computers reaching the end of their      useful life is expected to reach 181,000 tonnes or 44 million units by 2027-28.
  • Australians buy more than 4 million computers and 3 million televisions annually.
  • Older televisions that contain Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT) have more than 2 kilograms of lead and account for the largest source of lead in the waste stream. Flat screen televisions contain less lead but more mercury.
  • If 75% of the 1.5 million televisions discarded annually were recycled there would be savings of 23,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalents, 520 mega litres of water, 400,000 gigajoules of energy and 160,000 cubic metres of landfill space.

* Note: Reverse Garbage and Reverse e-Waste ( are two separate entities.