Reverse Garbage was started by educators for educators almost 50 years ago with the aim of reducing landfill through creative reuse. We have a professional development option to suit your needs and budget.

We believe passionately that real change will come through the education of children who will make living more sustainably a part of their lives. A primary aged child now will be making important decisions regarding sustainability in the workplace in just 10 years time.

Your sustainability workshop was amazing! I enjoyed it a lot.

Sophie – October 2019

Little Scientists – Sonic Boom Conference, Photo: Ryan Stuart

Our range of Professional Development programs aim to give educators the knowledge, skills, tips, tricks and confidence they need to make sustainable thinking and creative approaches part of their everyday practice so that they can model and share a more sustainable practices.

Customised Workshops: We can develop a presentation or workshop for your team or conference program. Just email us at: and let’s chat about what your needs and expectations are.

Current Offerings: Choose from our current range of program below (these can also be adapted to suit).

Creative Reuse & Sustainability in the Early Childhood setting

(2.5 hrs) Your place or ours

        • Using what you have.
        • Recycling simplified.
        • Reuse learning resources ideas.
        • More than craft; reuse STEM in EC.

Build a Reuse Outdoor Play Wall for your EC centre.

(2.5 hours) Our Place

        • Create an outdoor play panel from our exciting range of objects to take back to your centre.
        • Learn to use simple tools and techniques for attachment.

30 days of STEM using Reuse Materials (Primary)

(2 hrs) Your place or ours

        • We’ll explore 30 STEM lesson ideas using reuse materials and no new plastic.
        • You will take home your own mini STEM classroom starter kit.

Creating Zero Waste Primary Classrooms

(2 or 3 hrs) Your place or ours

        • More than just paper – simple easy recycling ideas.
        • Classroom waste audit
        • Tips and tricks for more sustainable classroom practise.
        • Putting sustainability on the everyday agenda.

A Reuse School Garden: Nothing new Compost, Worms, Bugs and Plants.

Reuse in the school garden

(2 hours) Our place only – Marrickville

        • The basics of setting up simple compost and keeping it smelling good.
        • Easy reuse worm farms and how to keep the worms thriving.
        • Bugs, Pollinators and soil basics.
        • Why plants matter? Free plants, the best plants for kids and making cuttings.

Sustainable Loose Parts Play? Can we do it at our place?

(1.5 hours) Your place or ours or by webinar.

        • Explore the theory and benefits of loose parts play.
        • What to consider when implementing it at your school or centre?
        • What goes in and what stays out?
        • Risks and Supervision considerations.
        • Getting the community involved.

Large Loose Parts Play: Implementation, starter kit, leader training and staff Q&A.

(3 hours or more) Your Place

        • Delivery of LPP starter Kit and training of student leaders (1 hour)
        • 1 hour (or more) play session
        • Staff Q&A Session (1 hour)
  • Sustainability and creative reuse in Early Learning – for VET Early Childhood Students

    This Professional Development is designed and priced for students of Early Childhood Education. With this option they receive a condensed version of our ‘Sustainability and Reuse’ PD program. The session includes a warehouse tour, professional development session and exploration of materials with a focus on use in the EC classroom.

  • (1.5hrs) Our place only in Marrickville

  • “Thanks again for the most interesting and thought provoking workshop for the students of Petersham TAFE. I will never look at a staple in the same way again.”                                                                     

  • Petersham TAFE  March, 2019

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