Fix-ed Students Visit Logan Social Enterprise Substation33 To Learn About Upcycling


A group of Pimpama State Secondary College Students working to improve social connectedness and reduce waste entering landfill visited Substation33 this week.

Fix-ed students and staff members Stephen Robinson and Dwayne Scicluna got a tour of Substation33's impressive facilities to learn more about repair, recycling, design and social enterprise. They left feeling inspired from an array of projects and the possibilities that can arise from reusing waste for innovative purposes.

Substation33 has started an Innovation Lab and has designed and developed a number of products for commercial, social and educational purposes.  On the day, students learnt more about Flooded Road Smart Warning SignsElectric ‘e-bikes’3D printers, a vertical garden monitoring system, and a new solar powered speaker system.  These projects provide an opportunity for up-cycling and e-waste diversion from land-fill, which has environmental benefits, and skills development and transfer between professional mentors and volunteers, students and people seeking to return to the workforce, which provides social and economic benefits to the community.


What the students say:

“I enjoyed learning how much Substation33 recycles and creates new upcycled products.” - Devon

“I enjoyed the fact that Substation33 created cool stuff that helps with everyday activities out of rubbish that people don’t want anymore.” - Liam

The trip we took to Substation33 was a great experience. We learnt how they pull apart electronic waste and how they turn it into cool things.” - Lachlan

Fix-ed staff and students would like to thank Tony Sharp and the entire Substation33 team for opening their doors to us. We’ll look forward to another visit soon!

Tom Allen