Electrical goods received by Aroundagain are tested to ensure that they are safe and operational. Any faulty items are dismantled into components by our supported employees:
- Computer hard drives
- Electrical cables
- Circuit boards
We dismantle approximately 11,000 electrical items annually. All these components are sold to various companies with the income being returned to Aroundagain. In 2009/2010, income from E-waste was about $35,000.
Recycling of materials
Throughout the year we accumulate a lot of recyclable items as part of our sorting process at Receival Station. These items include copper, brass, cast iron and batteries. These are all sold to a metal recycler, with the income going to Aroundagain.
Pegs for surveyors
We paint and supply surveyors pegs to the majority of surveyors in the Mildura District.
Every Thursday we have two technical and computer savvy volunteers work at Aroundagain. They rebuild computers and these are sold in our shop.
The hard drives are wiped (to Australian Standard) and cleaned prior to the installation of Linux Freeware. The systems are sold complete with screen, keyboard and mouse. Over the past three years we have sold approximately 400 computers with prices varying from $50 to $150.