Resource Work Cooperative

Resource Work Cooperative is a not-for-profit, self-funding worker’s cooperative based in Hobart, Tasmania. Founded in 1993, we are a diverse and unique cooperative business employing 33 local Tasmanians. We can supply materials for your next renovation or art project, pick up your reusable goods for free or even sustainably deconstruct entire buildings!

We have three main objectives that drive our work:

  • To create employment
  • To minimise waste
  • To promote waste minimisation in the community

We have been running since 1993 and operate the Resource Tip Shop, the Deconstruction service, the Community Pick Up service, Urban Salvage Service, Education Program and the annual Art From Trash exhibition. We also encourage visits by schools and community groups, run stalls at events such as the Sustainable Living Festival, Garage Sale Trail and run workshops for schools and community groups.

Where does our income go?

  • Employment expenses
  • Rent
  • Truck and Forklift maintenance
  • Art From Trash Exhibition
  • Electricity
  • Insurance
  • Charity

Resource is a not-for-profit, self-funded worker’s cooperative. This means that the business belongs to the people who work there.  Our workers volunteer their spare time to attend monthly to general meetings and these meetings decide the running of the cooperative.  We practice consensus decision making.

Resource Work Cooperative acknowledges that the Muwinina people of the South East Aboriginal nation were the traditional and original owners of this land. We pay our respects to today’s traditional owners, the Tasmanian Aboriginal Community, the palawa people, and to Elders past and present.