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Social Impact driven tech recycling partnership providing employability skills for 253 offenders

Enable's collaborative approach to delivering social and environmental impact is hitting the high notes with local community partner, Department of Justice and Community Safety, Derrimut.

A lot has happened since the 2017 pilot with the lastest program statistics showing a whopping 100% growth in particpants numbers and hours. A staggering 5,890 program hours have been delivered to support 253 offenders to gain employability skills in the rapidly growing E-Waste recycling sector.

Enable IT Recycling and Department of Justice and Community Safety partnership continues to grow and deliver significant social and environmental impact from accredited electronic waste recycling

Offenders are provided the opportunity to learn new work skills, operating under a robust Quality Management system driven by AS/NZ 5377:2013 national e-waste standard. Skills include technology disassembly technique, parts identification and sorting, warehousing and logistics tasks as well as robust OH&S and relating standard operating procedures - all serving to assist with offenders with future employment prospects whilst bringing a sense of community through an environmental cause.

Enable was recognised in Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards receiving Finalist nomination for the Greener Futures Employability Program in both 2017 and 2018, Hume Business Awards Finalist 2018 and Social Traders Growth Awards Finalist 2018. There isn't any wonder why. Enable's December 2018 Impact report is impressive, reporting support for 450 participants with 14,501 program hours whilst diverting 133,046 kilograms of e-waste from landfill.

Read more about at Enable's Environmental and Social Impact

Chair of Enable, Bernadette O’Connor says “Great things happen with collaboration and through this Community partnership we have seen significant growth in our social and environmental impact whist supporting participants in the justice system with future employability options.”

Enable are a trusted Social Enterprise, Australian registered charity and not-for-profit and and accredited E-Waste Recycler. This means, technology is ethically recycled and 100% of profits from donated equipment are retained in the charity to deliver hands on Employability skills to some of Melbourne's most disadvantaged community.

To find out more:

To join the recycle.inspire.change revolution, visit the Enable IT Recycling webpage, like the Enable Facebook page or contact Julie McKay, Managing Director on 0402 141 947

Enable IT Recycling, 60 Belfast Street, Broadmeadows.

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