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Recycle your appliances with Bright Sparks!

10 November 2015

Council is marking National Recycling Week (9–15 November) by making it easier for you to repair or recycle your small electrical appliances.

Special Bright Sparks donation bins are being trialled at Collingwood Town Hall, Holden Street Neighbourhood House and Richmond Library until February 2016.

Council is encouraging you to donate up to three of your unwanted or broken devices, such as small kitchen appliances, lamps, power tools and electronics.

Bright Sparks will collect these items and ensure that they are tested for safety and reliability. They’ll then be repaired by experts, before being sold back to the public, donated to people in need or recycled to ensure that they don’t end up in landfill.

With the average Australian now responsible for around 20kg of e-waste each year, this is a great time to launch the Bright Sparks program.

If you’d like to donate more than three appliances, or drop off larger items such as microwave ovens or vacuum cleaners, you can take these to the Bright Sparks headquarters at 1 Walter Street, Hadfield. If you’re hoping to hang on to an older appliance, Bright Sparks will repair your items for a fee.

The Bright Sparks trial is part of a pilot project funded by the Victorian Government in conjunction with the Yarra, Moreland, Boroondara, Darebin and Whittlesea councils.

If you’d like to know more about Yarra’s involvement with the trail, contact Kirsty Richards, Waste Education Project Officer, on 9205 5785 or at

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