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Reverse garbage
Reverse garbage

Reverse garbage

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Reverse Garbage began in 1976 when a group of primary school teachers, community workers and parents became concerned about the amount of waste going to Landfill Sites, there was also the need for craft and hobbyist materials. Therefore they set up a Re-use centre and purchased a truck to collect materials from all over.

As well as the store in Marrickville you can also search for materials in the Katoomba store. These 2 locations stock high-quality, low-priced, useful and unusual materials for use in arts, craft, education, small business, theatre, home renovation, design etc.

Anyone and everyone are welcome from child care centres, set designers, teachers to theatre groups and costume designers.

The Marrickville location has survived through a devastating fire which destroyed there original warehouse, theft, robberies & the GST!

About 8,000 cubic metres of materials per year are diverted from Landfill Sites, and are made available to the public at a low cost.

The premises used to be an aircraft carrier, now, a carrier for an extensive collection of “stuff”…Perspex sheets, hessian, belts, round and small biscuit tins, carpet, timber and fabric off cuts, insulation material, plastic drums, ceramic tiles, de-flatted balloons, computer monitors, CD cases… it really is an extraordinary place to visit, you don’t know where to look. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for; you might just have to ask the staff as to us its chaos!

The business is self-sustaining, community-based and committed to minimising resource depletion.

They’ll pick up just about any item at no charge. Getting rid of all that left over stock, and other items that would cost a packet to take to the tip, Reverse Garbage sells it at bargain prices to the public.

Reverse Garbage offers the community a comprehensive tour, workshop and festival program to TAFEs, schools, community groups, waste educators and local government. The aim is to spread the word on creative reuse. They provide all materials, equipment and a team of trained community artists and educators to conduct workshops that focus on creativity, the reduction of waste and the conservation of resources. Workshops are available from 1 hour to full day festivals at community events. Your can have a 30 minute tour of the depot, with tips and advice along the way.


There are 4 main areas of activity within Reverse Garbage;
1. Resource Re-use
2. Education
3. Environmental Promotions Products
4. Consultancy

You can also buy new art materials such as acrylic paint, kids paint, air dry clay, paddle pop sticks etc.

New shop opening in the buzzing art haven of Newtown in October – Re-design, Australia’s first re-use art and design shop selling artwork that people have created from bits and pieces from Reverse Garbage.

More information & cost

Reverse Garbage
Unit 8, 142 Addison Road - Located in the Addison Road Community Centre
Workshops are from 1 hour to full day festivals at community events starting at $200. Tours of the depot from $4.50/person. Materials in depot anywhere from 10cents to $90. RG membership $6/year
Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 10am-4pm

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