Jamie Currey is one of 15 locals benefiting from local, green jobs at the new Reviva Kleinton reuse shop. The second Reviva reuse shop in Toowoomba is a partnership between Resource Recovery Australia (RRA) and Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC).
Jamie explained: “I’m an indigenous, single mum with 3 kids. It’s hard to get work in Toowoomba. Jeff (Reviva Toowoomba Manager), and the team gave me a chance and support in my job here. It’s a chance to be a good role model for my kids and my community”
Reviva Kleinton opened in early May 2021. Expanding the reuse opportunities for the Toowoomba community and creating job opportunities for individuals experiencing barriers to employment.
Reviva Toowoomba Manager Jeff Prater said the Toowoomba community have embraced reuse, repurposing and recycling.
“With the strong support of TRC, Toowoomba residents have helped us divert over 400 tonnes of waste from landfill for reuse through the shop at Wellcamp.
“This second shop and resource recovery area at Kleinton gives the community further opportunity to reduce their impact on the planet.
“Customers can expect the same great customer service and high-quality at both Reviva Towoomba shops.”
“We expect to increase the amount of waste diverted from landfill in Toowoomba significantly.”
Waste diversion is only part of the story for RRA though; with a focus on local jobs.
“When I started I was trained in the shop, learning all about quality second hand goods and displays. Now, I’ve been doing training in the resource recovery area. I’m learning about what can and can’t be recycled. Soon, I will get my forklift licence, I’ve never been offered an opportunity like that,” Jamie explained.
“Working alongside TRC is an amazing opportunity, it’s my first time in the workforce and I feel like I’m on top of the world.”
For Jamie, reuse and repurposing was a new concept: “I was surprised at the range of goods. I didn’t know people throw out so much good stuff. It broke my heart a little bit. It’s great to see our customer’s reusing and repairing to give items a new life”