For my upcoming photo project for Lentil as Anything I was searching for a cheap alternative of a white background. Fortunately Nicole told me about a place in Marrickville, where I might find what I need. The whole experience was mind blowing and hard to find the right words for it. Better I let them explain it:
“Reverse Garbage is a creative reuse centre making a difference in the world by reducing waste and creating change in the way we look at resources!
Reverse Garbage was established in 1975 by a group of teachers and community workers who were determined to help the environment by diverting industrial discards from landfill and by reusing materials in their classrooms.
Reverse Garbage is committed to diverting resources from landfill – each year we accept approximately 35,000 cubic metres or 100 football fields of items which may otherwise end up in the bin.
40 years on Reverse Garbage is now an internationally recognised, award-winning environmental co-operative committed to promoting sustainability through the reuse of resources available at its Marrickville warehouse, as well as providing support to other community, creative and educational organisations.”
Heavy and inflexible plastic waste… but somehow beautiful.
The “new” couldn’t have been bigger. Windows 3.1 in his original packaging. The introduction of CTRL+ALT+DEL to the world.
A shelf full of table legs.
And finally the cashier. I found a white curtain 4x3m as a background and paid only $10. No complains!
Reverse Garbage is just one of many facilities in the Addison Road Community Centre. The site – previously an Army Depot – has been a community centre since 1976, and is home to more than 20 community organisations and artists, galleries, a theatre, radio station, park, and organic gardens.
Another treasure trove is the “Bower”, a re-use and repair centre full of furniture, electronics and tools.
Shot with an Iphone 4