We rescue small appliances to keep them out of landfill.
We're a not-for-profit social enterprise and a registered charity. Our focus is on reuse and repair, but we'll recycle whatever can't be saved.
We are not accepting appliances for donation or repair at this time.
We've been crunching the numbers from our pilot and have learned quite a bit. Some of the data surprised us! We'll share details later on, but here's what we can tell you now...
6,003 items were donated from August 2015 to March 2016.
15.7 tonnes = total weight of e-waste diverted from landfill
(14,812.4kg of recorded items + 876.0 kg of items we didn't record individually -- cables, batteries, light globes and printer cartridges)
4.7 = average number of items donated per person per visit to Bright Sparks HQ
Functional status of donations (self-reported by donor)
Where your donations ended up
5,391 recycled (89.8%)
488 reused (sold or donated to other organisations/individuals) (9.8%)
24 stolen in a burglary (0.4%)
129 electrical items were brought in for repairs from August 2015 to January 2016.
89 items were successfully repaired (74.2%)
31 items could not be fixed (24.0%)
6 items were not actually broken (4.7%)
2 items were inspected but not repaired (owner did not want to pay amount quoted)
1 item was stolen in a burglary before it could be repaired
Read + HEAR more about us
- The Age, 16 August 2015
- Melbourne magazine, p.18, October-November 2015 edition
- Pro Bono Australia Spotlight, 9 September 2015
- Waste Management Review, 17 August 2015
- Northern Star Weekly, 9 November 2015
- Donkey Wheel House Events blog, 10 November 2015
- The Rogue Ginger blog, 25 November 2015
- SproutCast podcast, 8 December 2015
- Darebin Community News, December 2015 / January 2016
- Preston Leader, 22 January 2016
- The Northsider, 9 February 2016