Wrapping up another great year, plus discounts and new stock!
Not Junk Mail

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

Hello Creative and Sustainable People!

2017 was a massive year for us here at Reverse Garbage QLD. This year, we diverted more than 350 cubic meters of waste from landfill, and prevented even more virgin materials from being used to make brand new items by offering affordable secondhand substitutes. We also conducted hundreds of workshops, demonstrations and tours with children and the general public, to educate people about reducing, reusing and recycling.

That's not bad for a small not-for-profit!

Of course, we couldn't have achieved this goal without our customers and enthusiastic advocates, so thank you to every single individual and organisation that told a friend about us, donated unwanted items, bought industrial discards from our warehouse, or booked a fun creative workshop with us.

Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts.

Can you help us prevent even more waste in 2018?

Review us on Facebook so that others try reusing with us!
Share our page with a friend who might be interested!

Otherwise, this edition of Not Junk Mail is packed with great ideas for having a sustainable Christmas this year. Our #GiveGood campaign is focusing on 6 hot tips this year. As we said in our recent ABC interview, giving good can be both more rewarding and more eco-friendly, such as by emphasising social experiences rather than material presents. Give the full list a read - you might learn something new!

Read all 6 hot tips for Giving Good this Christmas

Lastly, now is also a good time to mention that we will be closing on the night of Saturday the 23rd of December 2017, to reopen our store on Tuesday 2nd of January 2018. We wish everybody a happy, safe holidays.

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

See you in the Woolloongabba warehouse soon!

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Special Announcements

Get a calendar to protect the Galilee Basin

Bimblebox Nature Refuge is a peaceful 8,000 hectare sanctuary in Central-West Queensland, located near Alpha. It’s composed of remnant semi-arid woodlands with an understorey largely made up of native shrubs, forbs and grasses, and has a rich diversity of birds (more than 150 species recorded so far), reptiles and other animals.

In 2000, when Queensland’s land clearing rates were amongst the highest in the world, Bimblebox was purchased with the savings of many concerned individuals, as well as funding from the Australian National Reserve System program. In 2002, the Bimblebox Nature Refuge Agreement was signed with the Queensland state government to permanently protect the conservation values of the property.

Tragically, in late 2013, the Galilee Coal Project was approved by State and Federal Governments. This mining project would devastate the bio-region. Current State legislation does not provide any protection for the ecological riches above ground, such as nature refuges and the protected areas that make up the National Reserve System.

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

Get a calendar that preserves nature
Be introduced to Bimblebox with Bob Brown

Merry Makerspace Open Shortly!

Thinking of getting crafty, but don't want to be stuck at home? Why not invite a friend and get creative at our massive warehouse?

From Tuesday, 12th December to Friday, 22nd December, we will have a space set aside for you to craft to your heart's content.

The Merry Makerspace will provide simple elements, like paper, card, scissors, glue, and assorted decorations for you to tinker away. You're also welcome to purchase items from the warehouse to make your creations even greater.

See event times on Facebook

Special Discount for School Holiday Workshops

Whether you're looking for a fun activity for your children over the school holidays, or just wanting to create some time for yourself, an eco-art workshop with Reverse Garbage Queensland is the way to go!

Our seasoned team of facilitators will help to develop your children's creativity by teaching them about art and crafts techniques, but also about how to reduce, reuse and recycle.

These holidays, we'll be making a bunch of different decorations to get your house looking green and festive. Best of all, your children will be able to keep whatever they make, which is perfect as a handmade gift too!

We recommend making a morning or afternoon of your booking by spending some time browsing our massive warehouse full of odds and ends too - many of which you can't find anywhere else!

As a special thankyou for subscribing to Not Junk Mail, we're gifting you with a 25% discount on all of our school holiday workshops. At the checkout, simply use the code: THANKYOU

Book a unique experience with your child
Check out our special workshop room in 3D

Heavily Discounted Christmas Stock

- It's not too late to get Christmas decorations!

50% Off Everything on the Decorations Table

Why pay full price for the same thing? Heck, why buy something new when you could prevent landfill instead? We're making that easy for you with 50% off of everything on our decorations table, at the front of our store.

Household Christmas Trees

Was $120, now $90
2.2m high.

Yet to get a Christmas tree for your house, shop, or community group? These artificial trees are surprisingly lifelike, come with a stand and baubles, and some even have lights!

Extra-Long Garlands on Poles

Was $60, now $45,
Approximately 4m long.

These garlands are perfect for outdoor use, and can be removed from their pole to wrap around corners and displays. They come with baubles too!

Screen Prints

Was $12, now $7.50.
X x Xcm

These items are great to re-screen with a design of your own to reliably paint cloth, such as for personalised t-shirts or quilts.

Hat Bands

Was $1 each, now $0.50 each.
Assorted shapes, sizes and colours.

Hat bands are not just for hats! These items are great to add style to a project, and parts can easily be mixed and matched.

Bar Supplies

Shot Glasses

$0.50 each.
8cm high. Thick base.

These standard, 30mL shot glasses are great to have on hand - grab a bunch and you'll never be without! Essential for any sized bar.

Citrus Juicers

$2 each.
15cm long.

These wooden hand-juicers are fresh from the factory, and ready to be put to work making your delicious meals and drinks these holidays.

Ice Packs

$1.50 each.
23cm long x 16cm wide.

These non-toxic ice-packs are covered in bubble wrap, making them great to squish into any-sized esky this summer.

Disposable Cups

$2 for pack of one size, or $3 for set.
185mL capacity.

These cup and base sets are great for entertaining outdoors, but can also be used in a variety of craft projects requiring domes and circles.

Plus more in our store!

High Quality Astro-Turf

$8.50 per kilo (e.g. 2m x 1m = $40).
Assorted shapes and sizes.

This detailed, faux grass is perfect for creating an evergreen section around your yard, especially in those areas that don't get the sun and rain that regular grass requires. Alternatively, use this fine product for store decorations, especially for outdoor wares!

Shade Cloth

$7 per kilo (e.g. 1m x 4.5m = $12.50).
Assorted shapes and sizes.

With a great range of colours to choose from, you can keep cool in style, on the cheap, and sustainably this summer! This lightweight material has a thin weave, making it a great way to keep out the sun without restricting airflow or requiring a complicated set-up.

Silver Foil

$20 per kilogram.
Assorted pieces.

Do you have an art project that requires a space or technology theme? These pieces are a favourite for robot creations, too!

Styrofoam Packaging

$40 each.
125cm high, 50cm diameter.

This large roll of thin, Styrofoam packaging is great for safely packing items for postage. Your small business will be set for a while!


$3.50 per item.
Assorted shapes, sizes and colours.

Denim is the evergreen trend, and is great to work with for clothing, quilting, and home decor. Likewise, pockets, zips and buttons are useful. Don't ruin your good jeans - use these instead!

Costume Frames

$15 per item.
2m high x 1.2m wide.

Whether you're organising a performance, or just want more hanging space in your house, these racks are ideal for keeping all of your garments wrinkle-free and on display.

Rhodonite Discs

$4 per item.
0.5cm high, 4cm diameter.

These beautiful crystals are a manganese inosilicate, and appear pink, grey, and brown. The disc shapes make this item perfect to easily add to jewellery or sew into clothing.

Original Paintings

From $3.
Various sizes.

These framed oil-based works are painted on both canvas and wood. Most depict landscapes and flora, and the brushwork is exquisite.

Large Plastic Spools

$10 for 35cm high, 56cm diameter.
$15 for 35cm high, 71cm diameter.

Spools are always popular at our store - get in quick before they roll out the door. Great for artistic tables and wheels.

Hall Chairs

$5 per item, slightly worn surface.
75cm x 45cm x 60cm.

Need seating for a crowd on the cheap? Why not give these ex-hall seats new life? They easily stack, and are simple to clean.

Classroom Chairs

$9 per item.
75cm x 45cm x 60cm.

Remember sitting on these in school? They're also handy to have around the home - the relatives might visit for Christmas.


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

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

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 visit www.brisbane.foe.org.au.

Reverse Garbage Queensland

20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba

07 3891 9744


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