Reverse Garbage: Keeping Reusables Out Of Landfill

Reverse Garbage: Keeping Reusables Out Of Landfill

Sarah Starkey
Mar 30, 2011

Have you ever seen an amazing DIY project and wondered 'Where are they getting all these materials? Am I the only person who doesn't have access to hessian bags, old doors and reclaimed wood?' If you live in Brisbane or Sydney then there's a good chance your local DIYers are finding their materials at Reverse Garbage.

Reverse Garbage is a not-for-profit workers cooperative that collects industrial and commercial discards from hundreds of local businesses and sells them at ridiculously low prices to their local communities, saving skip loads of reusable materials from landfill.

The warehouse has a constant, varying supply of timber, fabric, vinyl, plastic and metal discards from local manufacturers, upholsterers, retailers, builders and government departments so it's worth staying up to date on what they get in.

You can find out more about Reverse Garbage on their Brisbane and Sydney websites or you can see pics of new Brisbane stock as it comes in on their facebook page.
If you're in the states The Scrap Exchange is a similar organisation in Durham, North Carolina.

(image source: Reverse Garbage with permission)

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