A SNAPSHOT OF OUR TEAM
“It’s awesome to come to work everyday and to know
that we’re a family and we’re helping people in the community.”
Jarrod | Reviva Dunmore
“We’re all in this together – working to reuse, recycle and up-cycle. At the same time we’re helping the community with reasonably priced goods.”
“There are a lot of people in our community who don’t have a lot of money and they rely on us to provide them with affordable goods.”
“RRA’s social enterprise model makes you feel good. There are people on Community Service and other volunteers who come in to work with us. It really improves their quality of life being a part of the team.”
“We are such a throwaway society and there are only so many places where you can store rubbish. I think we need to reuse anything that can be reused.”
“You see a lot of the older-style furniture and stock that is well made and can be reused. We get a lot of second-hand dealers coming through; they’re keen on the vintage and antique stuff. Then we get everyday people who are looking for items for their gardens or home renovations.”
“It’s good to hear people’s stories and do whatever you can to help them. People may be struggling, you don’t know what they are going through but you can help them out, even if it’s just something to put in their garden or something they can use around the house.”
Reviva MidCoast NSW
“There’s a lot of Aboriginal guys working here and it’s great to see them with stable jobs and seeing their self-worth grow.“
“I’ve been away from the area for 30 years and I was really keen to come back. This is my Mum’s Country, Worimi Country, and I’m really happy to be back down this way,” he said.
“The waste industry was new to me when I started with RRA, but I’m happy to be on board because it’s really important to keep Country clean.”
Russ started working for RRA in Noosa in 2017 and it wasn’t long before he was managing the site. Russ was promoted to Reviva MidCoast Area Manager in May 2021, where he manages the four MidCoast reuse shops.
Mobile Community Recycling Service (MCRS)
“I come from Vietnam. Most of our people don’t know how to look after the environment. When I started in this job, I learnt how to do that. Now I tell my family, friends and neighbours to look after the environment.”
John joined RRA in 2016 as a casual worker who was looking for more secure employment. He became Manager of the Mobile Community Recycling Service in 2020.
“The people we meet everyday are so happy. They have been looking for someone to take away their problem waste. They find our service, we take everything at no charge and that makes them happy.”
“I am truly grateful I have been offered this opportunity to help further my experience in the waste industry.”
Jarrod started work with our fellow social enterprise Soft Landing, as a Work for the Dole participant. He became Reviva Dunmore Manager in 2019.
“Every day I consider myself lucky to work with an amazing group of people plus mentors Matthew and Ally, and to be part of the RRA family.”
“People come in and they’ve just got their house and they don’t want to go and buy brand new furniture. We hear their story and help them out. That’s really rewarding for all of us. It’s awesome to come to work everyday and to know that we’re a family and we’re helping people in the community.”
“No two days are the same, there is always something new to learn about the stock that comes in, whether it be in the shop or in the Resource Recovery Area.”
“I love that here I can take the time to get to really know our customers and then I can say to them “Hey I have found something that you would like”.
It makes our customers feel valued.
The history and stories of the stock that come in continue to fascinate me, as do the customers who come in with their own stories to tell and share.
We are such a diverse company with a diverse community, and I am proud to be part of it.
I am so happy that I work for RRA and I think that it shows in the videos that I love doing. I want everyone to know of the awesome work that we do.”
WHAT WE DO:
Last financial year we helped divert 11,965 tonnes of waste from landfill for reuse and recycling. We employed 196 people, over 75% of whom were experiencing barriers when joining.