Going Green for ‘People and the Planet’
“Sally Quinn calls them the “plastic bags of the office”. And last year, the social enterprise she co-founded collected 50,000 of them alone. “We're the only group in Australia who are actually diverting folders from landfill,” says Quinn, one half of Melbourne-based Green Collect, which leverages sustainable solutions to get value out of office waste and divert it from landfill.”
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The Westsider Newspaper
Star Weekly Maribyrnong & Hobson's Bay
December 12 2016
November 21 2016
Trash to treasure: the social enterprises transforming recycling
"Convincing companies to buy back their own rubbish sounds like an unlikely business model – yet the Melbourne social enterprise Green Collect has found a way to make it work.
Companies in the city’s office towers pay Green Collect to take away hard-to-recycle waste. Green Collect then employs socially disadvantaged people to refashion it into something useful and then sells it back to the companies that threw it out. It’s a double whammy. As social enterprise expert Prof Jo Barraket says: “It doesn’t get much better than that.”"
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We are absolutely thrilled to be a finalist in the 'Social Enterprise of the Year (small)' category as part of the 2016 Social Enterprise Awards! We are so grateful to our incredible team who make Green Collect a truly special, warm, inclusive and innovative organisation. And thanks to Social Traders Australia for your ongoing support. Click the image above to read more about the Social Enterprise Awards.
Co-Founder Darren Andrews discusses social enterprise and innovation on Sky News.
April 15, 2016
GREEN Collect co-founder Sally Quinn has made a business from turning rubbish into useful, quirky and inventive products. “There are so many things that end up in landfill that really shouldn’t be there, particularly electronics, so we rescue it” Picture: Andrew Tauber
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December 9, 2015
"Social enterprise Green Collect provides reuse and upcycling solutions for hard-to-recycle office items. This creates employment and training for people who face barriers to employment, including people who have faced refugee experiences, mental health issues or homelessness. Staff collect recyclables, assess them for the best environmental outcome, then repair, tear down or upcycle items for another life in their current form, or as part of their cleverly designed notebook range, available online or in their Yarraville shop."
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