Arnies Recon gives old tech devices a second life to prevent them from going to landfill or the home appliance graveyard.
Many people love to give or receive the latest phones, tablets, laptops, gaming devices, cameras and televisions this year as Christmas gifts. But they don’t know what to do with their old devices except pile them up in their device graveyard or put them on the street.
According to Cleaning up Australia88 per cent of the four million computers and three million TVs bought in Australia each year will end up in landfill, contributing to the 140,000+ tonnes of e-waste generated by Australians each year and growing at three times the rate of any other. waste stream
Less than one percent of televisions and about ten percent of computers and laptops are recycled here, although 98 percent of their components can be. Sydney social enterprise Arnie’s Recon was founded on the premise that we can enjoy our devices and then give them a second chance when we’re done. The company offers free electronics recycling to consumers, businesses, government organizations and schools, providing a more responsible way to dispose of old devices.
Arnies Recon has saved more than 4.7 thousand tons of devices and electronics from landfill. It has evolved into one of the world’s most advanced, holistic and comprehensive recycling models, deploying ten distinct recycling methods, resulting in more than 85 product series.
“It’s definitely the case with tech devices that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure and people can feel less guilty about replacing their old tech devices knowing they’ll get a second life,” said Lisa Saunders, co-founder and CEO of Arnies Recon.
Most people have that bottom drawer or closet full of unwanted cables, old phones, laptops, desktops, gaming devices, cameras and TVs, depending on how often their gear is replaced. Many people cling to outdated technology and have various excuses to do so, even if the devices no longer work.
There is another way. After Arnies Recon receives an electronic device, the team tries to find the most efficient way to recycle it. They will find new homes for the things they are; this could include collectors or refurbishers who recycle with the lowest footprint possible.
“Recycling saves old devices from being thrown into landfill or confined to a drawer just in case. People can give their old devices and technology a second life while enjoying their new devices guilt-free,” said Lisa.
“We find people who renovate and reuse the items as they are or as parts to make whole units. We even locate collectors in Australia and overseas who are excited by retro electronics and want to own or restore old items with nostalgic value,” Lisa continued.
Arnies Recon has partnered with Westfield to provide collection days at some of its malls around Sydney, starting with Bondi Junction, Chatswood and Warringah malls; that will expand to other locations in 2023. They also organize community collections to make it easier for consumers to drop off their small electronics and cables to be recycled at a convenient location in their own neighborhood.