NB Reverse Emporium 13 Good_web_lgeA visit to Reverse Garbage is a step in the right direction this National Recycling Week.

This 14 year old Brisbane institution facilitates the re-use of materials in their existing form to minimise the energy and time required to recycle them, thus reducing carbon emissions.

“We provide public access to salvaged materials, encouraging consumers to reduce consumption of new materials and choose to re-use resources that were destined for the tip.” says PR Co-ordinator, Rozina Suliman.

Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week, established in 1996 brings attention to the environmental benefits of recycling at a national level.

“Reverse Garbage goes two steps further addressing the benefits of reducing and re-using before recycling.” Rozina says.

“Waste is something we do, not something that is and a visit to the Reverse Garbage warehouse highlights just how much useful stuff would go into Brisbane’s landfills if we didn’t exist.” Rozina says.

“We also educate on the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) through our workshop programs and talks.” Rozina says “and our workshops provide participants with a practical application to re-use materials we think we don’t want in creative ways to extend their life.”

For National Recycling Week, Reverse Garbage focuses on reducing consumption over the festive season, with Adult Eco-Art Workshop, Christmas Wreath Making on Saturday 16 November.

In the workshop, participants can create handmade non-traditional Christmas wreaths using old book pages, fabric off-cuts, paper, felt, cork and an array of other salvaged materials from the Reverse Garbage warehouse.

The Reverse Garbage Christmas Wreath Making Adult Eco-Art Workshop runs on Saturday 16 November 2013. All workshops are held at Reverse Garbage, 20 Burke Street, Woolloongabba.

National Recycling Week runs from Monday 11 November – Sunday 17 November, 2013.

More info: http://www.reversegarbage.com.au/