Public participation in sustainability drives business expansion

THE Recovery Centre at Glenorchy, also affectionately known as the “tip shop”, has recently expanded its sales area.

The move means customers will have better access to more re-use material diverted from the waste stream than ever before, just in time for spring activities.

Recovery Centre co-owner and operations manager Zac Mashman said last year his team was managing two to three tonnes of re-usable material per day.

“This year the demand for waste deferral services from other businesses and the community has dramatically increased, and we now manage three to five tonnes a day,” he said.

“The Recovery Centre is now bursting at the seams, with the increased daily volume of re-use materials presenting a real challenge for the recovery crew, however, we simply cannot see great products and materials thrown away as we are enthusiasts and we love our loyal customer base.

“The community has changed it behaviour towards waste and we do not want to let them down.”

Mr Mashman said the new display space and sales area enabled the centre to increase the amount of re-useables diverted from the waste stream.

“Most importantly, it will fulfil the family company’s mission statement,” he said.

“This statement is to keep as many products and parts in circulation as possible.

“The public participation rates in reducing, reusing and recycling are so impressive that we have decided to share them with the world through the release of ‘Wanda the Waste Not, Want Not Wallaby, Waste Wise Monthly Report’, which is now available at

“Wanda is one of the many waste wise Australian-based sculptural characters that feature in the Recovery Centre’s Sustainability Education Trail.

“Her report details the number of products and parts put back into circulation and the tonnage removed from landfill, while highlighting local waste wise sustainability pioneers.”

The Recovery Centre has expanded its display space for re-use wonders, namely Recovery Fletch – the educational sculptural arm of the company that seeks to inspire and motivate people about the 101 uses for materials that have been discarded by their previous owners.

Recovery Fletch operates under the banner of “love of community and love of place”.

The new sculptural display and sales space features the Recovery Fletch Spring Collection comprising more than 20 quirky pieces of sculpture works by Scott Fletcher, including flowers, dogs, creatures and grasshoppers.

Mr Mashman is calling on local businesses and community groups interested in promoting sustainability best-practice and love of community and place in their own backyards.

“Wanda the Waste Not, Want Not Wallaby is looking for other wallabies to join her flock – all she needs is a few sponsors,” Mr Mashman said.

For more information about the Recovery Centre’s expansion and how to sponsor a waste wise wallaby email

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