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

Hello Garbage Reversalists!

We hope that you have been enjoying the inundation of public holidays recently! As a worker-run cooperative, we particularly cherish May Day, and are certainly thankful for all of the gains made by those involved in the labour movement.

Now that you're all well-rested, and outdoor activities become less forgiving in these cooler months, it's time to get stuck into making stuff!

We're happy to report that the Clothing Repair Cafe event with Slow Clothing advocate Jane Milburn from Textile Beat was a packed house. The many keen attendees learned how to repair, reinforce, redesign, and otherwise rethink the clothing that they wear. There will be more events with Jane throughout the year, so check in with our Facebook page from time to time for spicy updates.

Get in quick! We've still got spaces available in our brand new Eco-art workshop for adults, Wallpaper Journal, on Saturday, May 20th - book here. Like always, you can find materials and inspiration for our workshops and your own projects in our massive warehouse.

See you in the Woolloongabba warehouse soon!

Don't forget to check out our stock of tech on our ebay store.

Mother's Day Upcoming on Sunday 14th May

There's a lot of effort that goes into raising a child, so we have one day every year to give an extra-special thanks just to our mothers for doing so.

If you would like to present your mother with a gift, we can help you (And the rest of your family!) say a special thanks. Whether you would like to create something personally, or trust in the skills of a local artisan, we have you covered!

Reverse Emporium Jewellery Gifts Presents

Our Reverse Emporium is stocked with minimum 75% recycled crafts that are one-of-a-kind. Made by local artists, there is a range of unique jewellery, clothing, home wares and cards that your mother is sure to love.


Likewise, if you wanted to add that special touch by making a gift yourself, our warehouse is always stocked full with stationery, paper, fabrics and other craft materials for whatever your project may be.

Reverse Emporium Jewellery Gifts Presents
Hot New Craft Items
Vintage Vinyl - Just in!

$10.00 p/kg

We have many different colours and sizes. Vinyl is great for clothing, accessories and coverings.

Vintage Vinyl Craft Sheets Colourful
Thread Spool Vintage Suitcase
Spools of Thread

$5 and $10 per spool

A wide range of earthy tones for the avid crafter of clothes, or earnest maker of string art (Click here).

Hessian Cloth

$2.50 p/m

We have oodles of this environmentally-friendly, plant-based material. Use a roll for bags, sacks, or even upholstery.

Hessian Cloth Reel Large Natural Fibres
Classical Records Vinyl Music
The Other Kind of Vinyl - Records

$2 each

Featured here are some of the classic classical works.

At the same time, we have so many vinyls that you might be interested in turning some of them into a clock, cake stand, bowl or vase (Click here).

Baggables Aisle - New Prices!
Baggables Aisle Creative Art Kids Fun

Fill a whole bag with anything from the Baggables Aisle!


Small bag - $7.50 $5.00


Medium bag - $10.00


Large bag - $25.00


Shown here are many of the zany materials that you can use to make fantastic creations.

Miscellaneous - What we do best!
Large Logs

$50 each

Approx. 75cm L x 40cm D

Perfect for 'Au Naturel' outdoor seating, or a sturdy display stand. Or firewood...

Large Heavy Wooden Logs
Reflective Strips Stickers Safety Yellow White
Reflective Strips

$1 Each

These large stickers are great to make potential safety hazards just that little bit more visible.

PVC Conduit

$2 each

+2m L x 25mm D

Sturdy PVC - ideal for giving a lightweight skeleton to your projects.

PVC Conduit Long Pipe
Pay Phones Plastic Technology Tech Scrappable
Pay Phones

$15 each

These phones are a favourite as a toy of kids. At the same time, kids-at-heart will find an array of electronics and plastic parts to play with.  

Software is needed for the telephone to function - Available through manufacturer.

Screen Prints

$15 - $25

Various shapes and sizes. Use an existing stencil to print on a t-shirt, pillow or wall, or use the frames to begin your own designs.

Screen Printing Design Paint
Cardboard Tubes Long Caps
Cardboard Tubes

$0.50 each

123 cm L x 3.5 cm D

Give these former fluorescent tube holders new life. Perhaps you need to store a poster or a map?

Felt Discs

$0.70 $0.50
+1cm W x 10cm D

These thick, soft discs are fantastic for protecting your floors and furniture corners from damage.

Felt Discs Soft Padding
Wooden Platforms Large Stage

$50 each

These large, wooden platforms have previously been used in the theatre. They come in a range of sizes, all of which are taller and wider than Michael (He's average-sized).


Plastic Trays

$1 each

25cm L x 1.5cm H x 16.5cm W

These trays are great for sorting small parts.

Plastic Trays Yellow Containers
Hole Punchers Large Office Supplies
Large Hole Punchers

$40 each

These heavy-duty die-cast aluminum monstrosities have a four-hole adjustable punch, which can press up to 25 sheets of 80gsm paper.

Plastic Containers

Party Bowls $7.50

50 x 700mL

Jumbo Cups $5

25 x 1L

Plastic Containers Large Packs
Eco-Art Workshop Adults Book Binding Upcycle
Wallpaper Journal: Eco-Art Workshop for Adults

If you love journals, this workshop is the one for you!

Learn a simple bookbinding technique that showcases beautiful wallpaper samples. We get lots of interesting, pretty samples at Reverse Garbage Queensland and these will be used to decorate the covers, alongside salvaged papers and cardboard to create beautifully upcycled pages.

Learn how to make a folding cover and add screw posts for a sturdy structure to your journal. You'll be itching to get home and fill your new book with creative outpourings!

This workshop is ideal for people aged 13 and up, and includes materials, tools and an experienced facilitator.

Tickets cost $32.19 per person through Eventbrite
About us, Our Team, Who we are

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: http://reversegarbageqld.com.au/sustainability-education

We also run a mail order service: http://reversegarbageqld.com.au/mailorder

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: http://reversegarbageqld.com.au/gift-shop

Where to find us
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
E-mail: info@reversegarbageqld.com.au

Web: www.reversegarbageqld.com.au

Facebook: facebook.com/reversegarbageqld

Instagram: instagram.com/reversegarbageqld
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: http://jp.translink.com.au/.

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 office.brisbane@foe.org.au or www.brisbane.foe.org.au.