About eWaste CONNECTION
We create a unique environment where together we recycle electronic waste, while providing meaning and connection for participants and volunteers.
We have workshops where we take apart electronic items and sort the materials for recycling. It’s fun, we do our bit for the environment and we make friends.
We are working hard to grow our locations and capacity to support many more people to lead a meaningful and purposeful life.
To be a social enterprise for the local community providing opportunities to recycle, volunteer, train and empower people of all abilities in an inclusive environment.
Empowering people to thrive and belong.
How We Got Started
Born from a desire to find meaningful purpose for her disabled son, mother Monique noticed their son’s interest in taking things apart. This led Monique and her family to start a group to pull electronic materials apart and find where they could recycle the parts.
Today demand is growing! With new locations we have already recycled over 82,000 kilograms of eWaste and provided the opportunity for over 250 participants to take part in eWaste workshops. It is now more important than ever to assist this social enterprise to keep growing.
Why we are important?
We offer a valuable opportunity for some of the least advantaged members of our community to develop a purpose. We also provide much needed respite time for family and carers of our participants.
We are deeply committed to helping combat the effects of the fastest growing waste stream in the world! The impact of e-waste on the planet is frightening and ever-growing. Electronics continue to be discarded globally at an appalling rate, with manufacturers showing no sign of promoting repair as a user option.
We are taking action! Recycling more than 95% of items into useful products and bi-products.
Where We Are Now
We are actively working to provide new locations and opportunities for more people. We are working hard to seek funding from Government, Private Businesses, and Individuals to ensure we can provide more purpose and opportunities in Queensland.
Monique Lowndes CEO
Bachelor of Commerce/Law, CPA, CTA, Registered SMSF Auditor
After 25 years working in the taxation division of a large accounting firm, Monique changed direction completely. eWaste Connection was conceived as Monique saw the need for a meaningful activity for young people like her son who suffered from epilespy which resulted in an acquired brain injury and intellectual impairment at a young age.
Monique has overseen the operations at eWaste Connection since late 2016 and continues to lead the business with dedication and passion.
Patrick Cook Director
FAICD, BAppSc, GradDipMkting, Cert IV Training
Patrick has extensive experience in corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector. He’s served on the boards of a GPS secondary college and an industry peak body. Utilising his degrees in science and marketing he held senior positions in multinationals and an ASX listed biotechnology company. Since 1995 he has managed his own business. Currently he serves on the Prostate Cancer Foundation State board, is a member of a University Research Ethics and Integrity committee, a Standards Australia technical committee and has 10 years of Rotary service.
BAppSc (MLS), MBA, FAICD
Bruce is a professional non-executive director with both for-profit and not-for-profit experience along with a proven track record of adding value in the small to medium sized enterprise sector. Through both executive and non-executive roles, Bruce has developed a sound understanding of general management and has demonstrated outstanding strategy development and implementation skills. Bruce was the founding director and manager of a multi-award winning business for fifteen years.
B.Comm, CA, CSA (Cert), GAICD
Chris has thirty years financial management and consulting experience. He has worked as a CFO and Company Secretary with companies in various industries and growth phases, including ASX listed businesses. He has Board and sub-committee experience, a Certificate in Governance and completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course. Chris is a founding director of ewaste Connection and was Treasurer of an incorporated charitable association for seven years.
Every donation helps
If you would like to be a part of something truly community spirited that genuinely helps people and the environment, contribute to eWaste CONNECTION today
Do I have to pay to participate in a workshop?
No, but if you have NDIS funding eWaste Connection is a registered Service Provider under the Capacity Building – Social Community and Civic Participation category. For NDIS funded participants the cost is $25 per hour.
What if I need to get information off an item I donated?
For any hardware, please ensure you have removed all data from the device if you require a copy (otherwise it will be disposed of securely). By leaving any item at eWaste Connection you relinquish your rights to and ownership of that item and it is likely to be in many pieces very soon after donation! Our donation policy can be accessed here.
How can I volunteer if I don’t have any electrical knowledge or skills?
There is no previous experience required to volunteer at e-waste Connection. We’ll train you as well as our participants. If over 18, all you require is a combined Blue Card and Yellow Card (for disability service) which we’ll help you complete.
How can I donate electrical items?
You can drop items off at either of our locations at any time. It is important you read our donation policy though. You’ll find our locations here. For large volumes of e-waste, we may be able to collect directly from you. Give us a call to enquire.
Do I have to commit to attending for a specific length of time?
Because of the time taken to train and customise our workshops to individual participant needs, we ask that you commit to attending for six months. You can of course do a trial workshop first to see whether you enjoy participating.
Are there any age limits to participation?
Most of our participants are young people however e-waste welcomes everyone.
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98 Brookfield Rd, KENMORE QLD 4069