Reverse Garbage

Reverse Garbage was established almost 50 years ago by a group of enterprising inner-west Sydney teachers motivated to reduce their community’s impact on the environment. They raised money to purchase a truck and started salvaging discarded industrial resources from local factories and reusing the materials in classrooms across the area.

Today, the self-funded, not-for-profit organisation has evolved into Australia’s largest creative reuse and sustainability education centre, comprising a retail warehouse in Marrickville, which is open 7 days per week. The site also includes an Education Hub with two fun and quirky learning spaces, plus an outdoor terrace and edible garden. In 2022, Reverse Garbage and Kimbriki formed a partnership whereby public workshops would be delivered on-site at The HUB.

Reverse Garbage attracts a diverse range of customers, including artists, crafters, home renovators, students and educators, with many travelling far and wide for an eclectic and unique shopping experience. Through our retail operation we divert close to 60,000 tonnes of waste from landfill per year, and host close to 14,000 participants through our various educational offerings and public programs. For more details, please see Reverse Garbage.