Georges River Council will support the Reconnect Project

Support: The collection boxes will support a local charity. Picture: Shutterstock
Support: The collection boxes will support a local charity. Picture: Shutterstock

Georges River Council will soon install a technology collection bin at its suitable customer service sites to support people in need.

The Reconnect Project collection boxes will support a Penshurst-based charity in an effort to end the technology divide.

Cr Sandy Grekas raised a notice of motion at last month's council meeting calling for the installation of the boxes.

"The Reconnect Project is a registered charity operating in our LGA (local government area) which is dedicated to extending the life of existing mobile technology and working to close the digital divide between those who have access to online technology and those who don't," she said.

"The Reconnect Project take donations of used mobile phones tablets and laptops in any condition, they could be working or not working, and then a team of volunteer repairers fixes them up and gets them in proper working order.

"All of the data is erased using specialist software."

Cr Grekas said the collection bin would reduce the amount of e-waste going to landfill and help a local charity to get refurbished devices into the hands of people who actually need them.

"The devices are then donated to women's refuges, homelessness agencies, refugee support groups and at risk youth intervention programs to put working devices straight into the hands of people who need them, thereby helping to close that digital divide,"she said.

"The Reconnect Project has set up a repair shop in Penshurst where it also fixes phones, electronics, appliances and household electronic goods for the general public.

"They take the income from that repair service which then allows the charity to buy the spare parts for the technology which they are fixing up for people in need.

"I have asked for a collection box to be installed at council, this comes at no cost, but it will ultimately assist the Reconnect Project."

Cr Grekas' notice of motion was passed unanimously.