Workshops Galore, Plus Some of Our Lesser-Known Services
Not Junk Mail

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

Hello Creative and Sustainable People!

Happy Spring Everybody!

We're happy to shake off the last of those cold, winter nights and embrace this next season. We've got a bunch of workshops for the young and young-at-heart to spring into, so do check out our eco-workshops.

This edition of Not Junk Mail is also all about reminding people of the variety of great services and products that we have available that people sometimes forget about. In particular, our eBay store and Reverse Emporium are great places to go to find those out-of-the-ordinary items that you’ve been searching for everywhere.

Otherwise, as usual Not Junk Mail is bursting with great deals, so have a scroll through below.

See you in the Woolloongabba warehouse soon!

Community Announcement

Waste-Free Winter Workshops!

Queensland's First Library of Things to Open Soon!

The Share Shed will allow members to borrow useful items like a lawn mower, a bread maker, a tennis racquet or a disco ball, all for the price of an annual membership.

There are already successful Tool Libraries and Share Sheds operating in Canada, the UK and in Brunswick, Melbourne, but Share Shed will be the first in QLD. 

Co-founder Nicole Bray is passionate about reducing consumption and says the Share Shed had a huge surge of interest after the ABC ‘War on Waste’ series was aired.

“We knew the idea was popular, but the amount of community support we have received has been overwhelming. We are able to open so soon after starting because of public donations of items and assistance.”

Half-price early bird memberships are on sale from 1st of September until open day.

Learn More, and Register for Grand Opening
Join Share Shed on Facebook
Waste-Free Winter Workshops!

Step right up! Step right up!

This September school holidays, we're introducing some exciting new themes to our eco-art workshop program. Get your kids engaged in hands-on skills for behind-the-scenes production, making something that they can be proud of.

As always, our workshops focus on teaching new craft skills, and sustainability education. These holidays, we're featuring Daring Disguises, Tinker Space and the all-new Creature Features Lab (Below)!

Our workshops begin on Monday the 18th of September, and go until Tuesday the 26th of September. Book your place now to avoid disappointment!

Click here for the full program and booking information

Creature Features Lab (NEW)

See our short video by clicking here.

We've heard your requests to bring something both hip and a bit horrible to the table, so we've answered your call with our new "Creature Features Lab"! Kids can make cute or creepy zombies, vampires or another monster from their imagination and then record their creation in a pop-up movie lab so that they can be part of our fun horror movie that will be screened at the end of the holidays.

Reserve a space for your child at the Creature Features Lab!
Waste-Free Winter Workshops!

Have you ever wondered how to crochet?

In this workshop aimed at beginners, we'll introduce you to three basic stitches and get you practising your new skills with a crochet sampler. Then, we'll show you how to make a bag using the skills you've learned. Get started on your project with the guidance of our experienced crafter, Jennifer, and take home the instructions to complete it in your own time.

Like all Reverse Garbage Queensland workshops, we'll show you how to use alternative resources, such as t-shirt yarn, as part of our mission of empowering people to divert useful materials from landfill.

This event is on 23rd September, from 2pm to 4pm. Book today!

Join us at the crochet table!

Some of Our Lesser-Known Services

Did you know that we have an eBay store?

Our mission to save perfectly-good materials from the waste-stream and put them to use somewhere else means that we come across a lot of items from organisations that are either winding down, or wish to upgrade their systems.

As such, we get a variety of high-quality items that were bought at full price firsthand, that we can now sell for a fraction of the price secondhand.

Also note that in the coming weeks, our stock of computers and monitors will be expanding greatly.

Grab a bargain on electronics, office supplies and homewares!

Did you know that we have a gift store and gallery?

Reverse Garbage Queensland hosts Reverse Emporium, a gift shop and gallery. Reverse Emporium features the work of local artists, craft workers and designers who salvage, reuse and up-cycle materials.

Our stock includes gorgeous high quality art, jewellery, accessories, furniture, home wares, gifts and trinkets that are perfect for the eco-conscious buyer!

A myriad of materials, from timber and scrap metal to textiles and salvaged odds and ends have taken on new a life as beautifully crafted objects and art. Salvaged materials take on new form and meaning, illustrating the possibilities of "reversed garbage".

See some examples of the works we stock below, which have a range of gifts for every special occasion.

Learn more about products, or become a supplier!

Little Golden Notebooks

This delightful spiral-bound series includes treasured children's books that have been adapted into notebooks. You can use these for classes, journals, or doodling when inspiration strikes. The cuteness is real.

Embroided Swan Lake Tote Bag

A charming exterior matches a silky-smooth interior in this high-fashion piece. With plenty of storage space, fashion has never been so functional.

Upcycled Tassle Earrings

Featuring hooks crafted from remelted silver scrap, these fashionable accessories pair well with a loud personality.

Crafternoon Pack

A bespoke kit for the keen crafter. Take a relaxing afternoon for yourself, drink warm tea and mindfully be led by your inspiration.

Turned Wood Mushrooms

These homewares are a bit kooky, and liven up any space with their bold colours. Many sizes, shapes and colours available. 

Plus More in Our Store!

On direct order from Anne: "These have got to go!"

Display Cabinets
$95 each, or $200 $150 for both.
70cm x 120cm x 80cm each.

These glass-windowed timber display cabinets would be perfect for a shop, or personal trophy cabinet. Includes a built-in lock (no key), with a freestanding base. Some of our customers have also considered revamping these as reptile enclosures.

These items have been sitting with us for a few months, and we're eager to find them a new home!


From $30.
Various types.

Our phones are about to ring off the hook! These items are perpetually popular, and people want them for their store, market stall, arts project or classroom.

Blockout Fabric

$5 per metre.
1.5m wide, various lengths (Min. 1m)
End of roll.
These durable and stylish textiles are designed for curtains, but can suit many heavy-duty needs.

Record Cases

$12 Each.
Capacity of 4 vinyl records.
These cases are very strong, and with foam inserts could be used to protect your tools and equipment on the go.

Display Racks

$40 Each.
Different sizes and styles available.
Your store or market stall could benefit from these strong, lightweight, adjustable display racks.

Energy-Saving Bulbs

$2 Each.
Light up your life with some energy-saving warm white 10 watt mini spirals. Unused, and we have more of these than we can count!

Lifelike Flowers in Time for Springtime

Assorted Flowers

$0.50 Each.
Various colours, sizes and styles.
With all of the spring festivities coming up, you can look no further for fine hat decorations! These are also great for home decoration.


$0.10 Each.
10cm wire stems.
These flowers are known for being symbolic of ANZAC day. At the same time, their vibrant colours make them useful year-round.


Wadding Rolls

$7 per kilogram.
Various sizes available.
Great, big sheets for upholstery and quilting.

Wadding (Loose)

$2.50 Each.
Half-kilogram bags.
Perfect for stuffing in children's toys and cushions.

Office Supplies

Whether it's pens, paper, envelopes, tape, folders, sleeves, hole punches, trays or contact, Reverse Garbage QLD has a full range of office supplies to suit your needs. Buy secondhand and save money, while reducing your environmental footprint.

Lifelike Branches

$2.50 Each.
Metal, Folded Stems.
If the flowers (above) aren't your thing, why not go for a different member of the plant family?

Big Yellow Characters

$4 per kilogram.
Various sizes and shapes.
These thick, rubbery numbers are great for business signage, but also for the bendy materials themselves.

Baggable Aisle

Our Baggable Aisle is a favourite for early-learning educators!
For $5, $10 or $25, you can fill a small, medium or large bag with anything from this aisle. Let your inner-child loose in this figurative candy-store of salvaged scraps!


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:

See Inside Our Warehouse
See Our Workshop Room
About US Location Contact Details

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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