Alan van Niekerk – Giving E-Waste a New Lease of Life

By |2023-07-19T14:42:14+12:00July 19th, 2023|E-waste, Repair, Reuse, Urban Miners, Volunteers|

Urban Miners started selling second-hand computers and phones last year as part of their mission to repair, repurpose and recycle e-waste in Waipā. Volunteer Alan van Niekerk talks about the unprecedented demand for these refurbished goods and how the work that Urban Miners do meshes with his own values. Not long after Urban Miners started

World Environment Day – How to Minimise Your E-Waste

By |2023-06-03T08:26:20+12:00June 3rd, 2023|E-waste, Recover, Recycle, Repair, Reuse, Urban Miners|

Our love of technology and insatiable appetite for new devices has created one of the biggest environmental issues of our time – e-waste. E-waste is New Zealand’s fastest growing waste stream. Every year, the average Kiwi generates a massive 20 kg of e-waste yet only 2% of it is recycled. World Environment Day (5th June

Geoff Bentley – A Passion for Sustainable Technology

By |2023-05-21T08:41:27+12:00May 12th, 2023|E-waste, Repair, Reuse, Urban Miners, Volunteers|

There aren’t many people who know the inside of a mobile phone better than Geoff Bentley. He has a particular passion for repairing electronic devices that led him to become a volunteer for Urban Miners. As Geoff sees it, recycling takes energy. It’s far better to repair and reuse if possible. “I'm able to rescue

Urban Miners Saves 38 Tonnes of E-waste From Landfill

By |2023-09-21T08:50:18+12:00March 16th, 2023|E-waste, News, Recover, Recycle, Repair, Reuse, Urban Miners, Volunteers, Waipa|

After only 2 years of operating, volunteer-run Urban Miners has successfully diverted over 37,800 kg of Waipā’s e‑waste from landfill, roughly equivalent to the weight of a Boeing 737. One of the main goals of Urban Miners is to divert meaningful quantities of e-waste from landfill through recycling, recovery, reuse, and repair. These latest numbers

Successful Move for Urban Miners Stall

By |2023-02-13T21:29:08+13:00February 13th, 2023|E-waste, News, Recycle, Repair, Reuse, Urban Miners|

Urban Miners have changed the location of their monthly stall selling refurbished electronic devices from Tamahere Country Market to the Lions Market in Cambridge for 2023. Early signs are that the move is a big success. The first stall at the new venue this weekend had the most traffic and best sales ever, despite the

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