ABOUT US
We work with local Councils and communities 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
OUR STORY
For almost 30 years Resource Recovery Australia has been showing through doing. 
We safely and cost-effectively manage waste, meeting customer needs, in a way that transforms lives as well as waste. 
Our outcomes in job creation, waste reduction and community engagement are all underpinned by operational excellence.
Our work has meant architecturally-designed spaces, community gardens, repair and repurposing at waste facilities. 
We provide an environment with real employment outcomes, funding training and upskilling for the entire team.
WE ARE:
A certified social enterprise by Social Traders
Registered with Vendor Panel
Registered with Local Government Sustainable Choice.
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Last year we helped keep over 7,600 tonnes of waste out of landfill for reuse and recycling. We employed 143 people, 75% of whom joined us when experiencing barriers to employment.

 

OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
matt curtis Resource Recovery Australia General Manager
Matt Curtis
General Manager
Matt joined RRA as an entry level trainee in 2005. He’d been unemployed for 12 months. 
“I had a numeracy and literacy deficit and I slipped through the cracks at school so I left in Year 9. At 25 I didn’t have a set career path; it was day by day and whatever I could do to put a roof over my family’s head. 
“If it wasn’t for RRA I would have been in the welfare system. We change people’s lives for the better. We create opportunities and develop our staff.” 
Matt worked as a shift supervisor, leading hand, supervisor and area manager in RRA before he became General Manager in 2019.
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.
Ally Glendenning
Deputy General Manager
Ally is our “Queen of reuse shops”. She combines a passion for repurposing with a creative flair, and has a background in retail and interior design as well as the waste industry.   
Ally is in high demand setting up reuse shops across Australia for RRA and our consulting partners – her vision for how a reuse shop should look, feel and operate is becoming a benchmark. 
She designs sites to inspire local communities,  make the most of available space, and ensure maximum waste diversion.
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Jeff Prater
Queensland Manager

Jeff Prater had over a decade of experience in senior leadership roles in the manufacturing and warehousing industry before moving to the not-for-profit and waste sectors in 2018.

Jeff is passionate about building communities and diverting waste from landfill. He believes that community engagement and connection is key to improving waste diversion outcomes and creating real circular economies.

Since moving into the Queensland Manager role, in April 2021, Jeff has focused on engaging with communities and providing mentoring and training opportunities for RRA’s Queensland team. Jeff has been instrumental in RRA’s successful expansion into Rockhampton, providing ongoing support, mentoring and training to the team to ensure safe and efficient operations that maximise waste diversion.

Jeff fosters strong relationships with local governments and industry to improve waste diversion, employment and training outcomes and to connect with communities.


RRA CONSULTING

RRA’s national team including Matt, Ally and Steve are available for consulting services across Australia. 

FIND OUT MORE 
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.
 
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