Giving Electrical Goods is a great way of helping out the community. Whether it is your personal computer or from your workplace, or an unused television, your donation can assist an individual or community organisation get ac cess to a key tool for learning and communication while also helping to reduce waste.
The following organisations accept donations of computers and other electricals either for recycling or refurbishing and distribution.
Please note that many electrical goods are just too old to be useful and different recycling organisations have different rules about what they can and can't accept. It's important to get in touch with each organisation to check their requirements before you make your donation - otherwise they may end up having to dispose of the goods at considerable expense.
SELECT YOUR STATE:
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark'
'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' is an innovative recycling program that provides Australians with a free, easy and environmentally-accredited way to recycle their used printer cartridges. This program collects and returns cartridges for remanufacturing and recycling - therefore keeping them out of landfill.
If your workplace, business, community group, university or school uses more than three inkjet toner cartridges or toner bottles from Planet Ark's supporting brands in a month, you may be eligible for a free 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' collection box. If not, you can use the drop off boxes - find your closest drop-off box at http://recyclingnearyou.com.au/cartridges
1800 2424 73
Australia Post, Officeworks, Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Tandy, JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys.
There are 2.4 million Australian households that have no PC or internet access. Help these disadvantaged Australians get online and share in the benefits of modern technology by donating your organisation's superseded PCs. Work Ventures will refurbish these computers and laptops and resell them at low cost to low income households.
(02) 8907 33000
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
Other Electrical Goods:
Mitchell Resource Management Centre and Mugga Lane Landfill and Resource Management Centre
Both centres provide recycling services for computers. Televisions are sent to Melbourne for recycling at a facility run by Sims Metal. At that facility plastics and other easily recycled materials are extracted, while monitor glass and circuit boards are sent to established recycling facilities overseas.
Flemington Rd, Mitchell ACT and Mugga Lane, Symonston ACT
(02) 6207 2500
Renewable Processes Pty Ltd
Recycles all types of E Waste including computers and televisions. Recycles minimum of 95% of components. Charges apply/ Please contact for details.
02 6254 2379
Parkwood Recycling Estate, Recycling Circuit, Macgregor ACT 2165
NEW SOUTH WALES
Computer Bank Hunter
Computer Bank Hunter reuses donated computer equipment and through the Community Helping Association, makes such computers available to community organisations or deserving people. Donated equipment which is of no use is disposed of in a responsible way. Computer Bank Hunter does not sell computer equipment, other than as e-waste. NB - We are not able to recycle any computer equipment.
Computer Bank Hunter will accept donations of computers which are of a minimum specification, P4 at 1.6ghz. They will also accept valid software licenses for operating systems, utilities and applications.
The following items are not accepted unless a disposal fee is agreed and paid by the donor:
- Below specification computers
- CRT Monitors
- Peripherals such as printers and scanners
- Any other equipment which will involve a cost for disposal
Computer Bank Hunter will supply refurbished computers free of charge to community groups and deserving people at their discretion.
(02) 4951 4979
Rear. 25 Tyrrell St. Wallsend, NSW 2287 (Deliveries Monday 9:00am to 2.30pm only)
Computer Bank New England
Computer Bank New England is a fully incorporated volunteer based not for profit, organisation with its aim to assist students, unemployed people, pensioners, community groups and schools and disadvantaged groups and individuals with access to computers at low or even no cost.
Requests for assistance can be made at any time. Prospective recipients are required to complete and lodge and application form. Applications are assessed by a reference panel and when approved, contact is made to discuss client needs in more details assess abilities and establish appropriate supply arrangements.
(02) 6778 4918
19 Hill St, Uralla NSW, 2358 (services Armidale, Urualla and associated areas.)
Computers for Young and Old
We use your redundant e-waste so we can offer free computers etc to students, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged from all walks of life and we are doing our best to help keep our landfill free of e-waste. For a free IT and E-Waste pick up, call Computers For Young and Old and allow others to benefit from your kindness.
(02) 9623 6473
Unit 3/9-11 Abel Street, Jamisontown NSW 2750
Reverse Garbage is Australia's largest creative reuse centre, committed to diverting resources from landfill - approximately 30,000 cubic metres or 100 football fields worth per year. To help facilitate donations, we encourage drop-offs to the centre, preferably by appointment. All donations are assessed upon arrival.
They accept only laptops, flat screen monitors, computer towers and cables/connectors.
02 9569 3132 or (02) 9569 3012
8/142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
Renewable recycles is a social enterprise of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Australia (PRA) a NSW based non- profit organisation which was established in 1955. Their goal is to reduce the amount the amount of ewaste that ends up as toxic land fill . To achieve this goal Renewable Recyclers provide the following services:
- Secure date erasure
1300 594 636
13 Ralph Black Drive, North Wollongong NSW 2500
Technical Aid for the Disabled
With an increasing need to reduce waste, TAD's Computer Support Service offers a greener alternative for organisations, government departments and IT providers who need to dispose of obsolete and decommissioned computers. Each one of our refurbished computers makes a difference to the lives of our clients.
As a Microsoft Registered Refurbisher we are able to give your computer donations another life by refurbishing them and getting them ready for use by someone else.
We prefer equipment that is still in working order. The following equipment is particularly useful:
- IBM - compatible computers with Pentium IV or better processors.
- Monitors - 17 inch or better LCD display.
- Computer software - Licensed program or games software.
1300 663 243 (choose option 1)
Other Electrical Goods:
At our discretion, we accept donations at our retail store, arrange collections from donating premises and 'mine' the local council household clean-ups. We take most household goods in good, reusable condition. Electrical appliances (when we have room and only in going order) and some whitegoods. Call for a current list of those items we may not, at the time, be able to collect. We do however have a list of other options that might be useful. Refer to our website for collection areas and times.
02 9568 6280
Building 34, 142 Addison Road, Marrickville, NSW, 2204
Computers for Kids
Rotary Club of Nundah Computers 4 Kids Inc. is a non profit organisation. The project refurbishes ex Government, Corporate and private PCs for distribution to disadvantaged students of any age. C4K has been a Microsoft Approved Refurbisher since 2004.
Computers 4 Kids accepts superseded equipment, providing it meets their minimum specification (Pentium 4 or better). Other basic specifications for donations include PC's capable of running Windows XP or better, with flat screen monitors (if possible they should be complete with mouse and keyboard). Old style CRT under 15 inches are useful.
If you have a personal computer (Pentium 3 or better), IN GOOD WORKING ORDER AND YOU HAVE THE ORIGINAL DRIVER DISK( S) we can accept it for
refurbishment. We are unable to accept Pentium 1, 2 and 3 computers unless they are part of a shipment of Pentium 4 or better. This is due to a lack of orders from the Third World for the lower
specification machines. It is a sad fact of life that older equipment often cannot be refurbished to meet our quality control standards so would be better off with a recycler. As we incur recycling
charges for equipment which can't be turned into a reliable homework computer system, C4K reserves the right to decline acceptance of equipment unsuitable for refurbishment. We also do not refurbish
Apple Macs or dot matrix printers.
07 3265 0008
PO Box 23, Nundah QLD 4012
Other Electrical Goods:
GIVIT will find a worthy recipient for your good quality items including clothing and furniture and match it with a recipient in need.
Before you donate, please check to see if your items are requested on the GIVIT list http://www.givit.org.au/the-givit-list.aspx
What happens with your donation:
Through your generous donations of quality items, GIVIT has enabled hundreds of charities to directly support over 65,000 people.
5 Edmund Street, Newstead QLD, 4006
ITShare South Australia Inc
ITshare refurbishes discarded or donated computer parts and peripherals. Their team of volunteers accept donations of computers from businesses, institutions and individuals. Technology is donated to people and organisations that may not otherwise have access to technology, both within Australia, and to overseas communities in need.
A Pentium 4 (equivalent) with 768MB of RAM is the minimum specification for a computer that is useable for their recipients. Currently, ITshare's most wanted hardware is LCD monitors, and 80 Gigabytes or larger SATA hard disks.
08 8339 3116 (Monday and Tuesday - Andy)
Bridgewater Hall (Downstairs), Mill Road, Bridgewater, South Australia 5155
ACS PC-Recyclers extends the life of older computers making them available to people who otherwise would not be engaged with any form of computing.
The scheme will take selected working machines of Core Duo or above (desktops) and Pentium IV (laptops).
0401 495 010 (Stephan) OR 08 7127 1581
54 King William St, Kent Town, SA 5067
Other Electrical Goods:
The following Country to Coast Lifeline stores are able to receive white goods and their contact details are as follows;
Warehouse - Unit 4/79 Esmond Road , Port Pirie 9.00am - 3.00pm, Mon - Fri. Contact:
Helen Dietman 08 8633 1790
Unit 1, 70 Esmond Road, Port Pirie. 9.30am - 4.00pm, Mon - Fri.
Pam Sock/ Jannise Hunt 08 8633 2399
Shop 1-2, 25 George Avenue, Whyalla 10.00am - 4.00pm, Mon - Fri.
Sue Neill 08 8644 2414
Veolia Environmental Services E-waste collection and recycling services takes time to assess individual client needs, helping to provide the most suitable and efficient solution for the collection, removal and processing or recycling of electronic waste. Please note, pick up may cost.
Veolia accepts monitors, desktop PCs, printers, laptops, scanners, servers, faxes, mobile phones, PABX systems, stereo components and video/DVD players.
03 6244 0000
75 Mornington St, Mornington, TAS 7018
Other Electrical Goods:
Lifeline- North West
All of Lifeline North West stores are accepting small electronic goods. For store locations and operating hours, please refer to their website - http://centres.lifeline.org.au/northwesttas
Werx Foundation - B2C Recyclers Program
The B2C Recyclers Project accepts all forms of IT equipment and IT peripherals regardless of age, specification or working condition and work to prevent these items from entering landfill. B2C Recyclers re-use as much of the materials donated as possible, integrating PC components into refurbished computers. Any donated equipment that cannot be re-used is dismantled into its constituent parts and sent for processing by one of B2C Recyclers' responsible waste partners.
1/31 Dalgety St, Oakleigh, Vic 3166
Computerbank recycles donated computers and distributes them to disadvantaged individuals and community groups. Donated computers are tested, hard drives wiped, virus free open source is installed on the computers and obsolete parts are recycled. The recycled working computers come complete with a keyboard, monitor/screen and mouse and a training booklet, and are distributed to people who cannot otherwise afford the costs associated with computing.
- Desktops: Working, complete Core 2 Duo, Dual Core or Celeron/AMD equivalents.
- Laptops: Working dual core or better. Core 2 Duo preferred
- Apple Macs: G5 or better with original software.
- LCD monitors: Working 17" or larger accepted only with a computer.
- Memory - all types
- Optical drives - all types
- Mice - Working optical USB mice urgently needed
- Cords and cables - We are happy to take your excess cables
(03) 9600 9161
483 Victoria St, West Melbourne, VIC 3003
Equipment Recycling Network Inc.
ERNInc is a project based in Maroondah and recycles equipment, including computers, and distributes them to people with disabilities, particularly children, at a nominal cost.
ERNInc is grateful for, and rely on donations of computers and related equipment in working order or not. HOWEVER, at present, they cannot accept any CRT monitors.
To qualify for a computer the applicant must provide a letter from a doctor, physiotherapist etc. stating the nature of the disability and the benefits which would be attained from access to computing equipment.
(03) 9879 5211
17 Greenwood Avenue, Ringwood, VIC 3134
E-waste is the fastest growing source of waste, growing three times faster than regular waste. There are an estimated 9.2 million computers in use around Australia. It is expected that over this year a further 2.1 million computers will enter the market, while 3 million which reach the end of their life. Presently only 3% of e-waste is recycled.
Landfilling e-waste is hazardous to the environment and human health because substances such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury and nickel can leach out into the ground and water. These substances have been associated with diseases such as cancer and neurological disorders.
Our local e-waste isn't just accumulating in our landfills, but is often shipped overseas to countries such as China, Nigeria and Indonesia, where it threatens the health of these communities. See more at http://www.ban.org
Green Collect accepts televisions, computers, monitors, laptops, printers, computer peripherals, mobiles phones, telephones, DVDs/VCRs/Stereos, inkjet, lazier and toner cartridges, fax machines, copiers, CDs and videos. Collections charged at $2 per kilogram, minimum pick up of 25kgs.
03 9663 8843
174 Collins St, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Benevolent Disability (formerly Rural Peninsula disability Support)
Beyond Disability is a public benevolent institution in Australia. With the support of local volunteers, they are using recycled Pentium computers and internet capable usb2 laptops, 15 inch and 17 inch LCD screens to assist low income household and mobility disabled aged 6 to 89 years to get online with dignity in their own homes using recycled computers and our subsidised internet service.
Beyond Disability wish to help participants to have an affordable means with which they can be better informed about services and just to have some fun.
"Internet empowerment" will be a bridge for participants to gain a better perspective of the community. The Beyond Disability program facilitates community participation and incorporates our programs "Elderly Citizens Online" and "Wheelie Kids IT".
03 5978 5000
"Girrahween House" PO Box 1451, Pearcedale, VIC 3912
Green PC Australia - Computer Refurbishment, Repair and Internet:
GreenPC is a non-profit social enterprise that is part of Infoxchange Australia's vision to help bridge the digital divide and ensure all people have equal access to information technology. GreenPC sells refurbished computers donated by corporate and government organisations. Each computer is thoroughly cleaned, tested and updated before being offered for sale to community groups, low income individuals and the general public. GreenPC computers are internet ready and come with software installed. GreenPC works in partnership with WorkVentures.
Unfortunately, there is no need within the community for systems falling below the Pentium IV 2.8GHz standard, and as such, Green PC cannot use this equipment for redistribution to those in need.
The only qualification for an individual, family or community group to have access to a Green PC computer is that they be holders of current Health Care Card, Non for profit organisation or are able to verify their low income status in some other way.
03 9418 7400
33 Elizabeth St, Richmond, VIC 3121
Other Electrical Goods:
Brotherhood of St Laurence
The Brotherhood of St Laurance is always grateful to receive unwanted items in good condition to sell in our stores in Victoria or to give to families in need. They are able to accept most whitegoods and small electrical appliances however they are unable to accept electric organs. The Brotherhood of St Laurance stores are happy to receive direct donations during trading hours. So after clearing out your cupboards and wardrobe, why not take your unwanted items to your local Brotherhood op shop? Find your local store here.
The Brotherhood can collect white goods in Melbourne and on the Mornington Peninsula. Please phone 1300 DONATE (1300 366 283) to arrange an inspection and home pick-up.
Eastern Emergency Relief Network
The core objective of Eastern Emergency Relief Network (EERN) is to make available household goods and appliances for those in need. The people assisted are those who have been identified by member agencies to have an urgent need that may have arisen as a result of experiencing trauma or loss.
All goods collected must be in good conditions. This includes:
- Electrical appliances - microwaves, TVs, toasters, kettles, lamps, heaters, fans etc.
- All electrical appliances have to be tested and tagged in accordance with Australian standards. Those with cords that are frayed, torn or damaged are not acceptable as EERN will have to dispose of them.
Please note, computers, typewriters, photocopiers, printers and scanners are NOT accepted.
(03) 9874 8433
Factory 1/10-12 Thornton Crescent, Mitcham VIC 3132
Phoenix Fridges was developed by the Brotherhood in partnership with Moreland Energy Foundation and recycles, repairs and retrofits donated fridges to make them more energy and cost efficient, and decommissions fridges that are no longer useful.
Simply phone 1300 DONATE (1300 366 283), or fill out this form http://www.phoenixfridges.org.au/conact/
in order to arrange a free pickup.
1300 DONATE (1300 366 283)
Brotherhood of St Laurence, Phoenix Fridges, 25 Brunswick Road, Brunswick Vic 3056
Yooralla take small appliances including TVs in a working order to sell in their Carlton bargain store, with profits funding their work for people with disabilities. For further information please contact:
Carlton Bargain Shop:
03 9347 2848
135-136 Elgin Street, Carlton, VIC 3053
Secure Computer Recycling & Disposal
Secure Computer Recycling and Disposal provides worry free secure IT asset recycling services, whilst creating a work opportunity a work for the community. Just give them a call and they will be happy to work with you in arranging an appropriate time to remove excess equipment including computer boxes, printers, monitors, laptops, scanners, faxes, photocopiers, televisions, white goods and power tools.
1300 368 533
8 Blackly Row, Cockburn Central, WA, 6164
Other Electrical Goods:
Total Green Recycling
Total Green Recycling assists companies in managing their obsolete and damaged electronic equipment by offering a complete end to end environmentally friendly service which is compliant with the strictest Australian regulations.
08 9528 6009
40 Felspar Street, Welshpool, WA 6106