Moreland City Council: Small Electrical Appliance Recovery Project

The Small Electrical Appliance Recovery Project was a pilot collection system that Bright Sparks Australia delivered on behalf of the five local government areas – Moreland, Boroondara, Darebin, Whittlesea and Yarra – for the repair, donation and recycling of small electrical appliances.

The pilot project's objectives were to:

  • provide an easy and affordable option for consumers to reuse and recycle their small electrical appliances
  • repair, reuse and recycle a significant number of small electrical appliances across five local government areas in Melbourne
  • recover ferrous, non-ferrous and rare metals together with a range of engineering plastics
  • provide appliances to low-income and/or vulnerable households
  • potentially expand across metropolitan Melbourne, leading to a national program.

From August 2015 to April 2016 the pilot diverted 6,132 electrical appliances from landfill, almost 15 tonnes of e-waste. Whilst the pilot demonstrated there is a demand for this type of service; that some people will to travel and even pay to use it, there are significant costs associated.

The major result from the delivery of this pilot project was that for a period of time there was an avenue for people to dispose of unwanted, old or broken electrical appliances instead of sending them to landfill.

The following are the key findings from the pilot project:

  • The cost to provide the service in the future will need to be further evaluated.
  • There are people looking for a means to dispose of unwanted, old and broken small electrical appliances so they don’t end up in landfill, some people being willing to travel if it means their unwanted, old and broken small electrical appliances will be rescued.
  • Greater involvement from, or a partnership with, the recycling industry will benefit Bright Sparks Australia’s service in the future.
  • Accessing local government and social media communication channels can be utilised successfully on a minimal budget.
  • Even though the project was specifically targeted to residents within the five partner Councils, over half the items donated were potentially from those who live outside these municipalities.
  • The people engaged in the pilot said they would be willing to pay to use the services offered by Bright Sparks Australia.

For more information about the project, please see the case study and report below.

Metro Fund: Small Electrical Appliance Recovery Project

  • SEARP MF R3 Final Report - Moreland Report 613 KB

    This final report outlines the outcomes, findings, project highlights and recommendations for the Metro Fund Round 3 'Small electrical appliance recovery' project. This project was led by Moreland City Council in partnership Boroondara, Darebin, Whittlesea and Yarra. The project tested appliances for safety and function before being donated, sold or recycled.

  • Metro Fund: Moreland Small Electrical Appliance Recovery Project Case Study 2.6 MB

    This case study outlines the 2015-16 Moreland City Council pilot Small Electrical Appliance Recovery Project.

Last updated: 20/05/2020