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Substation 33: Recycling Electronics

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by Lynne Cargill (subscribe)
I'm a grandmother, a retired teacher, an avid reader who loves historical re-enactment, English Country Dance, writing and Op Shopping. My business is designed to help children experience history through school incursions.
Published October 13th 2017
Update November 10th 2020
Now taking solar panels.

If it had a plug or a battery they can recycle it
Do you keep old computers, kitchen gadgets, cameras and such forever because you don't want to throw them in the bin but you don't know where to take them?

Substation 33. All images by writer

The answer to your probem is Substation 33. This amazing warehouse takes anything electric or electronic and either fixes it, turns it into something else or pulls it apart and recyles the components.

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A Social Enterprise Initiative of YFS, Substation33 has been active for only 3 years. It begun as an electronic waste recycling facility and is rapidly becoming an innovation space where people collaborate on projects. It is also a place where people can experience work, in some cases for the first time.

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Fabulous Vertical Garden.

At the door is an amazing solar powered vertical garden. The base holds a water tank, which I was told should ideally have fish in it. A solar powered pump waters the plants from the reservior.

The gentleman I spoke to is in the process of creating a bank of phone chargers that can be used at places like Centrelink.

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Volunteers at work.

A band of volunteers helps to dismantle donations, so If you love tinkering or inventing, this might be somewhere you could help out.

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Sorted for recycling.

Spread the word. Tell all your friends. Maybe you could be a collection point for your neighbourhood and just deliver when you have a stack of goods. If there is a large amount of ewaste, they may collect. Many schools and businesses donate their old computers here.

At the moment the only drop off point is at Mary St Kingston (not far off the freeway). Do you know someone or somewhere that could start up a branch on the Northside?

When I think of all the things I have binned .... If only I'd known about Substation 33.
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Why? Recycle your ewaste
Phone: 07 3826 1533
Where: Substation 33, Mary St Kingston
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