Kiddley reader Barbara wrote in to let us know about Reverse Garbage co-ops. Reverse Garbage collects high quality industrial materials that would otherwise end up as landfill and sells them at a low price to the general public. The Marrikville co-op in NSW collects the equivalent of one swimming pool in volume of material every week. Reverse Garbage can be a boon for artists, tinkerers, and makers, and as Barbara notes, it’s an excellent place to source materials for kid-craft.
Burke’s Backyard has a listing of Reverse Garbage co-ops around Australia and the Brisbane co-op will mail barrels of material around the country. For readers outside of Australia, do you have similar co-op schemes where you are? If so, let us know in the comments so that others in your area can find out about them.