We manage and operate waste services to:

  • Keep waste out of landfill
  • Create stable and meaningful jobs for people experiencing barriers to work
  • Engage and connect people in the communities in which we work

We strive to:

  • Employ 75% of staff who experience barriers to work
  • Be recognised as an employer of choice for Aboriginal people
  • Provide training, upskilling and wrap-around support for employees to develop careers in waste management
  • Engage the community in initiatives including the Green Bikes program and Tinkerage workshops for community repair and upcycling
  • Create a positive impact on the environment through waste diversion

We are:

  • Certified as a social enterprise by Social Traders

  • Registered with Local Government Sustainable Choice

Last financial year Resource Recovery Australia helped keep 42,000 tonnes of waste out of landfill and employed 80+ people, 75% of whom joined the organisation when experiencing barriers to employment.


Community Resources: jobs that care for people and planet

Resource Recovery Australia is part of Community Resources, a national not-for-profit that specialises in social enterprise. Community Resources creates jobs that care for people and planet, keeps waste out of landfill, grows and distributes fair food, and provides community service to those who need it most.


Our leadership team

The 80+ person strong RRA team is led by our General Manager Matt Curtis and Deputy General Manager Ally Glendenning.


Meet Matt Curtis – General Manager

Matt joined RRA as a trainee in 2005. He’d been unemployed for six months and was registered with a job search provider when he first interviewed for the job. He worked as a shift supervisor, leading hand, supervisor and area manager before he became a General Manager in 2019.

Matt’s hands-on, frontline experience helps him to understand, plan and create solutions that are cost-effective and keep waste out of landfill while creating meaningful employment opportunities. He has extensive experience in all aspects of waste operations from safety to driving machinery, site design and set up, financial controls, contracts and community development.

Meet Ally Glendenning – Deputy General Manager

Ally, our “Queen of reuse shops’, is a passionate repurpose advocate with a background in retail and interior design as well as the waste industry. Ally’s vision for how a reuse shop should look, feel and operate is becoming a benchmark for all RRA reuse shops.

She designs RRA’s sites to make the most of the available space, ensure maximum waste diversion and create an exciting, fun shopping experience.


Resource Recovery Australia Consulting

The RRA National Team, including Matt and Ally is available for consultancy services throughout Australia. The team have worked with East Kimberly Job Pathways (EKJP) with impressive results. Find out more here.

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