Unplug N' Drop Launch

The days of stockpiling outdated, broken or unwanted electrical items are set to become a thing of the past for South Australian homes and businesses following the launch of an initiative which will see hundreds of free, highly-visible Unplug N’ Drop stations placed across the State.

An initiative of Electronics Recycling Australia (formerly Aspitech), the Unplug N’ Drop program was launched, along with the name change on Saturday 11 February, with City of West Torrens Mayor, John Trainer and Member for Hindmarsh, Steve Georganas in attendance.

“Although it was an incredibly hot day, we had a great turn-out and I would like to thank everyone who helped to make the day such a success, including the team from ERA and Minda, and our wonderful volunteers.”

Cathy Miller continues, Electronics Recycling Australia (ERA) had gone from facing imminent closure two years ago to now setting its sights on potential national expansion and leading the way in responsible electrical and electronic goods recycling.

“We are very pleased to support such as remarkable transformation, and the new name of Electronic Recycling Australia better explains the focus of this important social enterprise and positions it to grow beyond South Australia,” she says.

“This is perfect opportunity for people and businesses to do the right thing by the environment, and support a social enterprise that provides employment opportunities to more than 200 South Australians with disability.”

ERA Commercial Manager, Andrew Wallace says more than 50 purpose-built Unplug N’ Drop collection points would be located at key community locations as part of the first stage, with those numbers expected to rise to more than 600 over the coming year.

“As Australia’s mountain of unwanted electrical goods continues to grow, it is disappointing that we only recycle less than 5% of the 19.7kg of e-goods that every person discards annually,” he says.

“When you compare that performance with Europe, which has about 14kg of discarded electronic items per person annually and a recycling rate of 80%, then it is clear that we lag well behind international efforts to reduce landfill and impact on the environment.

Whether it is large appliances like fridges, televisions and washing machines, or smaller items such as mobile phones, CDs, electrical cords, batteries, toasters, computers, monitors, mp3 players and stereos, and electrical tools and gadgets like drills and hairdryers – ERA is happy to take them all.

More about the Electronic Recycle Australia program and locations of the Unplug N’ Drop collection points can be found here.