Reverse Garbage was established in 1974 by a group of teachers and community organisations who were determined to help the environment by diverting industrial discards from landfill by reusing the materials in their classrooms and community projects.
Almost 40 years later, Reverse Garbage is now an internationally recognised, award-winning environmental co-operative committed to promoting sustainability. Each year Reverse Garbage collects tonnes of resources including reusable off-cuts, over-runs, art & craft materials, stage props, nic-nacs, furniture and other items from hundreds of supporting commercial and industrial businesses, as well as through the generosity of the community.
These resources are sorted at Reverse Garbage’s Marrickville site and the community is given the opportunity to purchase items for creative use – or ‘reuse’ – using resources to create new items or to give items a new purpose.
Reuse makes sense as it: prolongs the life of a resource; saves the energy and materials needed to produce brand new materials; prevents otherwise useful resources going to waste/landfill; creates less air and water pollution than if it were recycled; and reduces money spent on new items and costs to dispose.
If you are new to Reverse Garbage these articles in the SMH and on the ABC can give you a better idea of our work.