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What's new and what's happening in store at Reverse Garbage Queensland

Hello Creative and Sustainable People!

Wow, where did January go? And is anyone else still having a hard time remembering to write '2018' instead of '2017'??

January was a big month for us. We re-opened the store after the New Year break, and have been delivering a deluge of workshops for the school holidays, schools, educators and interested members of the public ever since! You can find some to be a part of by joining our workshops mailing list.

Stay updated with our new workshops!

Say CHEESE With Your Very Own Oversized Camera!

As usual, we've also taken in a bunch of useful, unique or downright kooky industrial discards. Many are former feature displays for libraries and public galleries.

We also have a hot, new item to add to our store. It's an item you'll use every single day, and is made from 60% vegetable parts. Our employees might have bought a few boxes of it already, but there is still a pallet-load remaining. Intrigued? See our catalogue below.

On another note, February is also a time of great restructuring for us, with a few new members joining our team, and a few people trying out different roles. So do say hello if you see a fresh face - or better yet, apply to join our team today!

See you in our Woolloongabba warehouse soon!

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Special Announcements

Position Vacant

Have you ever wished that you could join the team at Reverse Garbage Queensland? Well, now might be your chance! We're looking for an Environmental Arts Workshop Facilitator. If you, or someone you know, has experience or passion in this field and wants to contribute to an environmentalist organisation, then we strongly encourage a read-through of the job listing.

Be quick - applications close on midnight of the 19th of February 2018.

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The Wine Cork Drive Continues

In mid-January, we announced the beginning of our wine cork drive. Since then, a number of our customers have answered the call - some having saved their corks for years! If you, or anyone you know, has a collection of these spongey reminders of great times with friends and family, please consider donating them to us, to make them accessible to educators and Creatives alike.

Bimblebox Calendars - Now $11

It's not too late to get a 2018 Calendar!

The Bimblebox Alliance Inc. are trying to fundraise to protect the Bimblebox bio-region, and their 2018 Nature Refuge Calendar is available for sale either on their website or at the counter at Reverse Garbage QLD.

The calendar features artwork inspired at art, nature, and science camps held at Bimblebox over the last five years, and photographs of wildlife and landscape were provided by visiting friends and scientists.

Protect Nature With Your Calendar

The Place for Displays of Affection

Great Gifts For Any Occassion - For Under $50

Valentine's Day might be over, but our new stock is still here! Whether you want to say "I love you," "Sorry I burnt dinner," or just "Thanks for being you," we'd like to help you make that happen - for under $50.

You can bestow someone special with handmade jewellery with history; previously loved guitar strings, watch cogs, salvaged fabrics and more in this collection!

Our Reverse Emporium stocks the works of 40+ local artists, who use at least 75% reclaimed materials to make one-of-a-kind treasures.

Everything you see here is quite affordable, and there is oh-so-much more in our store! Why not shop sustainably when it's all this good?

Under $50.

Meekz reclaimed metals earrings.
Mabina salvaged fabrics brooch.

Under $50.

Resinate Designs handmade spoon pendants.

Under $50.

Ex-guitar string jewellery, including rings, necklaces and earrings - great for musicians!

Under $50.

Time & Tide steampunk earrings.

Plus more in our store!

About That Camera...

Large displays from $5.
We were recently donated a large number of cardboard displays, many of which are made from thick sheets of corrugated cardboard! Leave them as-is, or make use of the shape, size or weight to form something new and fantastic!

Cardboard Designs and Props

From $2.50.
Other than the large cardboard displays, we also have plenty of cardboard shapes, many of which are corrugated as well! Get one for a stencil, or decorate your event or space with these ready-made fantastic designs!

Play Tables

$60 each, or $50 each for two or more.
Sturdy wooden construction.
These play tables come with various themes, including castles, lighthouses and temples as pictured here! These are perfect bedside stands for a child's room, but can also be used to hold useful items in any early learning space.

Cabinets Galore!

3 Drawer Filing Cabinet.

Dimensions: 46 (w) x 46 (d) x 180 (h).
Great condition. Comes with keys and 50 suspension files.

Two-Door Metal Stationery Cabinets.

From $125.
92 (w) x 46 (d) x 182 (h).
Great condition, no keys included.

Before you ask - we did check the filing cabinets for secret government files!

Eco-Friendly Product Alert!

Eco-Sponges - White Magic Brand

$0.50 each or only $12.50 for a box of 28.
These compostable, non-scratch sponges have a rough exterior made from 100% corn, and a soft spongey interior made from 20% soybean oil. These are perfect for cleaning dinnerware, glassware, cookware, cutlery and vegetables. While past their sell-by date, these items still have a few years remaining on their use-by date.
Why not purchase an eco-friendly box of sponges for the home, office and school for better prices than a supermarket?

Reverse Garbage Queensland Classics

Mosaic Tiles

From 20c each. Many are $10/kg.
Various colours, shapes and sizes.
If you've ever wanted a foray into mosaic art, or if you're an experienced ceramics artist and are looking for affordable materials, give our tiles aisle a trial! We have matching sets, loose pieces, promotional displays with sturdy backing, and beautiful, one-of-a-kind designs to make you pine!

Soft Felt

$12 per kilogram.
Various colours and sizes.
This fabric is perfect for noticeboards, but also for all things craft-related.

Matte Board

$10 per kilogram.
Various colours, shapes and sizes.
This card is great for school art projects, especially when using paper as a medium.


From $5 per kilogram.
Various colours, sizes and shapes.
These corrugated sheets are an ideal substitute for cardboard, because they are so similar, but also slightly stronger and plastic (so, waterproof).

Foam Core

$10 per kilogram.
Various sizes and shapes.
This material is a close cousin of coreflute. Instead of having a corrugated inside, there is foam between the plastic panels.

Shade Cloth

$7 per kilogram.
Various colours, sizes and shapes.
This strong, enduring material is itself weather-proof, yet breathable. It's possible to cover those outdoor areas for your home on the cheap for better shade during summer.

Lighting Gels

$50 per kilogram.
Various colours, sizes and shapes.
These colourful sheets are so light-weight that we've never sold more than half a kilogram at a time. Ideal for covering lights, and teaching young minds to mix colours.

Not Just For Wine!

Cork / Rubber Sheets

$4 per kg.
Various shapes and sizes.
A thick mat for protecting tables while crafting, or preventing scratches from table legs.

Cork Sheet Rolls

$15 per kg.
Various shapes and sizes.
A light-weight material that is great to work with, especially for dynamic installations with pin-boards.

Medium Cork Discs

$0.50 per sheet.
18cm diameter.
These discs are thin and lightweight, and would be perfect for a salvaged table placemat that is heat-resistant too!

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Odds and Ends


$5 each.
Metal construction.
These candelabras make a great centerpiece for most tables, and with the addition of a nice, fragrant wax candle can change the mood of an entire room!

Cardboard Magazine Holders

$0.30 large, $0.20 small.
Two sizes.
You can organise your desktop files with minimal commitment with a simple, cardboard folding-holder - and just pack away when not in use!


Reverse Garbage Queensland is a not-for-profit worker run co-operative that promotes environmental sustainability and resource reuse. We collect high quality industrial discards, diverting them away from landfill and sell them at a low cost to the general public.

We collect from more than 300 businesses and factories in the greater Brisbane area, with approximately three tonnes coming into the warehouse each week. With a truck full of materials coming in almost every day, there's always something new and different to find!

We run a variety of environment and waste focused art workshops and educational talks and tours to suit every age and group:

We also run a mail order service:

And we host Reverse Emporium, which is a gallery and gift shop that promotes local artists, craft workers and designers who salvage, reuse and up-cycle materials:

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Contact Details

Reverse Garbage Qld Co-op Ltd

Location: 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba Q 4102
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm

Phone: 07 3891 9744




Twitter: twitter/ReverseGarbageQ

Public Transport to the Warehouse

We encourage taking public transport to the warehouse as we are within close walking distance (Less than 5 mins) from both Park Road train station and Boggo Rd bus station as well as bus stops along Ipswich Rd (Approx. 10 mins). Public transport runs very frequently to these stops. Check out Translink for all the routes and timetables:

Parking Facilities at the Warehouse

We have seven parking spaces in front of the Reverse Garbage Queensland warehouse and there is also two-hour street parking available around the corner on Elliott St.

We ask that customers please do not park in the car parks of businesses on Burke Street. These are reserved for other businesses and we would not like you to get towed!

Friends of the Earth—Brisbane

Reverse Garbage Queensland was set up in 1998 to help support the work of Friends of the Earth (FoE) - Brisbane. FoE is a social change organisation working towards an ecologically sustainable and socially just future through community action. For more information on FoE, current campaigns and volunteering call 07 3171 2255, email or visit

Reverse Garbage Queensland

20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

07 3891 9744

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