E-waste Recycling Facility to be opened in Mackay & Sarina providing employment opportunities

E-waste Recycling Facility to be opened in Mackay & Sarina providing employment opportunities

Innovation Training is opening E-waste Recycling facilities to dispose of IT equipment in an environmentally responsible manner, and at the same time provide opportunities for unemployed people to gain workplace skills. The facilities are being established in Sarina at the old Mitre 10 building in Central Street, and in Mackay at the GE money building in Wellington Street.

Repairable computers will be wiped, refurbished and sold or donated to charity.  A kill disk is used on hard drives, or if requested they can be destroyed entirely.  Otherwise the facility disassembles E-waste to the base materials and sorts it for re-distribution into manufacturing streams e.g. metals, plastics, etc.  They will harvest salvageable parts for building things (in a maker space type of environment) and for spares.  They also  plan to grind the plastics and extrude them into 3D printer filament;  however, this is still being researched.

Between the Sarina and Mackay locations, Innovation Training can handle around 12 tonnes of waste per month at this stage.   They are looking to source sufficient material to get the project running on a sustainable basis.  At this stage, most material can be dropped off at the facilities for free.  A pick-up service can also be arranged, and they would be happy to discuss ongoing arrangements with larger companies.

For more information, contact:

Nathan Cunneen
Innovation Training
Mobile:  0417 727 700
Email:    nathan.c@newlifechurch.com.au

Dennis is an Electrical and Control Systems Engineer and was appointed President of Startup Mackay Inc. in June 2016. He is a member of Engineers Australia, AISA, MITN, DMLA within the Education, Training, Research and Innovation Pillar, and the Reference Group for the Digital Economy Strategy. He has also been inducted into the Advance Queensland Community Digital Champion program where he aims to encourage Queenslanders to explore and enjoy the benefits of the digital age. You can follow Dennis on Twitter @DenMurphy or connect with him on LinkedIn (linkedin.com/in/dennismurphy).

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