Substation 33 opened its roller door in January 2013. Since then, it has diverted more than a hundred thousand kilograms of e-waste away from landfill through finding safe and viable ways to repurpose unwanted electronics.
When Tony Sharp retired, he hoped to dedicate his time to finding ways to help young people gain work experience. He joined YFS, a not-for-profit organisation that delivers various services to Logan and its surrounds – and soon found himself in a full time job once again, repurposing used electronics and helping disadvantaged members of his community gain vital skills and experience.
In this special interactive piece, ‘From the ground up’ – a Griffith University collaboration between Griffith Review, the Policy Innovation Hub and Liveworm South Bank – Griffith student Taylor Toovey visits Substation 33, the warehouse in Kingston where Tony’s social enterprise has taken shape. Toovey tells a story of community, the people that make it and the many ways they can help each other out of disadvantage.