The Reviva team members (L-R) Charlie Sparks, Jade Humbert, Grant Taylor and Mitchell McIntyre.
The Reviva team members (L-R) Charlie Sparks, Jade Humbert, Grant Taylor and Mitchell McIntyre.

So why do they treasure this shop of cast-offs so much?

THERE are signs of COVID-19 recovery with the valuable human resources back on deck and in the recycling business at one of Noosa’s favourite bargain outlets.

Two of the key assets of the Reviva Noosa store at the Noosa Council’s Eumundi-Noosa Rd resource recovery centre are Jade Humbert and Kerin Waverly who were stood down when its doors closed due to coronavirus restrictions in March.


This dynamic recycling duo admit surviving lockdown and not working at a job they love was hard for both, particularly not dealing with the steady flow of customers.

“I’ve met thousands of people in this job, we’re a part of the community,” Mr Waverly said.

“We’re all in this together and we need to conserve the planet, upcycle and reuse.

“It’s important to provide reasonably priced goods to the community too.”

Ms Humbert said she was “over the moon when I was told we were reopening”.

“I love the crew here and the customers, everyone has their own story and love what Reviva is all about. Everything we do here is one little step towards a positive change.”

She said they shop has so much interesting stock, from vintage to antiques and every item on sale has its own back story and character and “feels one of a kind”.

“Reopening means we can continue to educate the community on how much waste is produced and how they can reduce and repurpose,” she said.

“Some customers visit the shop every week.”

Reviva is part of Resource Recovery Australia, a social enterprise that diverts waste from landfill and creates stable and meaningful jobs for people experiencing barriers to work.

RRA GM Matthew Curtis said the group had to close three of its reuse shops, including Reviva Noosa, and stop all community engagement work as a result of COVID-19.

“This meant some of our people lost hours or were temporarily stood down,” Mr Curtis said.

“That was really hard, for them and for us.

“As an organisation we’ve been working to ensure that all our people have jobs once this is over. We also knew the reuse shops were missed by their local communities.”

Mr Curtis said Reviva has had so many inquiries on social media asking when the shops will be open again.

JobKeeper meant some of the Noosa team could return to work while the shop was closed. “They got busy cleaning and upgrading the shop and finding places for new stock,” he said.

“Then Noosa Council gave the green light for Reviva Noosa to reopen on Monday 1 June.”

The recycling crew said the shop is also a place where the community connects and shares reuse and repair ideas.

Reviva Noosa is operating with social distancing and hygiene measures in place to ensure customer and staff safety.