New address

Due to the growth of Ecotech Services and because of the acquisition of Dells Appliances we have moved to new premises at 139B Wordsworth St in Sydenham, Christchurch.
Our telephone number has also changed.  It is now 03 3770773.

We apologise for any delays in our services that may be due to the efforts needed to move our operation.

 

Acquisition of Dells Appliance Service Centre

Megan Hieatt and Alan Liefting, owners of Ecotech Services, have as of today acquired Dells Appliance Service Centre.  Alan is the Managing Director of both companies.

Dells Appliances logo

Dells Appliances is a long established whiteware servicing company and is a warranty service agency for a number of major manufacturers.

Microwave oven and induction cooktop repairs will no longer be done by Ecotech Services but can be done by Dells Appliances.  Ecotech Services will still supply microwave oven spare parts and recycling.

We would like to apologise to the customers of Ecotech Services that may have experienced delays in recent weeks while we worked through the purchase of Dells Appliances.

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Techweek

This week is Techweek, an annual talkfest here in New Zealand about the future of technology.  But there is something that they are not talking about.  I’ll jabber on a bit before making my point.

I like technology. Especially electronics. I have been playing with it and fixing it for a long time.  I find it all really interesting.

Unfortunately most technology has a dark side.  In the case of e-technology one of the problems is getting the stuff recycled.  It is changing at a great rate of knots and so the older stuff gets chucked out.  It is not surprising that it is a big part of the rubbish going to the landfill.

There are some interesting things happening in labs around the world that may fix the e-waste problem but that it going to take a while.  In the meantime we have to process all of the e-junk in an environmentally friendly way.

So I would like to ask the Techweek organisers why they have not included any items on e-waste in their programme?

Maybe next year?

Spare parts suppliers

The electronics repair industry in New Zealand has been in decline for the past two or three decades for various reasons including  the flood of cheap commodity goods, poor support from the manufacturers, and rapidly changing technology.

One indication of the decline of the repair industry is the plight of component suppliers.  The company that I first worked for, TESA (an abbreviation of Television Engineers and Supplies Associates), has been subsumed into Lacklands.  And now, as of last month, Trade Tech, one of the other large component suppliers, has gone into liquidation.

The annoying thing is that I placed an order for some parts with them not knowing that they were in liquidation.  Only three parts out of an order of ten turned up.  I am still waiting for the remaining seven after about three weeks.  I might not see the rest of the parts.

In Hong Kong they have electronics repair shops next to the footpath.  Here in New Zealand most of suburban radio and television repair shops closed down years ago.
Image: Wikimedia Commons.

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TiVo recycling

The TiVo service is shutting down as of 31 October 2017.  It is unfortunate that that TiVo has only been in New Zealand for such a short time making the set top boxes redundant.

If you have a CASPA wallet go to mytivo.co.nz to organise what to do with the remaining balance.

Ecotech Services is able to recycle the redundant set top boxes, remotes, and related items.

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Battery recycling in Lincoln

In what may be a first for a supermarket in New Zealand, the Lincoln New World now offers a battery recycling service.  The scheme is an initiative of Lincoln Envirotown and has funding from the Sustainable Initiatives Fund (SIFT).  Dave Fitzjohn, the project manager at Lincoln Envirotown, has been the driving force behind this worthwhile scheme.

Ecotech Services is proud to be associated with this battery recycling initiative. 

Battery collection centre at Lincoln New World.
Photo supplied

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Moore’s Law for corporate computer repair

xkcd tells it like it is.

Given the amount of stuff coming through for recycling from our corporate clients this pretty much sums it up.

 

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Sustainable Business Network membership

Ecotech Services has now joined the Sustainable Business Network.  As a company that is  addressing the environmental effects of e-technology we want be a part of a network of like minded businesses.  SBN gives us this opportunity along with a number of other benefits.

As part of the membership package of SBN we were offered an online sustainability assessment at getsustonline.  It establishes a baseline measurement of sustainability for our company. Our ranking was given as 17 out of 30, classed as good. 

Community Recycling Network membership

Ecotech Services is pleased to have been accepted as an associate member of the Community Recycling Network  (CRN).  Both Ecotech Services and CRN are working towards the goal of zero waste to landfill but while CRN has a broad mandate Ecotech Services has a narrower focus on zero e-waste to landfill.

We hope to share our knowledge and expertise on e-waste with the membership of CRN to achieve our respective goals.

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A throwaway society

We really are in a throwaway society.  We have  been calling it that since the 1950s and all of this technology of ours is an increasing part of the throwaway society.

I had a Canon PIXMA MG2960 ink jet printer/scanner come in for recycling.  I can’t find any date code on it without stripping it down but it looked brand spanking new.

Apparently the paper was not feeding.  I was going to see if it was fixable but it had no ink cartridges.  I then jumped online and checked it out.  It sells for a mere $32.99!  And it is still a current model!  I did know that these low end inkjet printers are cheap but I just can’t get used to the idea of these low prices.  These printers sell for less than the minimum service fee that most repair companies charge out.

This is nothing new of course.  Back in the early 2000s I worked for a company that did a lot of printer repairs, including low end inkjets.  The minimum service fee was $33.75.  It got to the stage that we had to charge that fee up front because we were left with too many cheap inkjet printers that the customers did not want to have repaired.  So not only was the company out of pocket for the time taken to do the diagnostics for a quote but there was also the disposal cost of the unwanted printer.

It is easy to see why the amount of e-waste is rising and the repair industry is in decline. We really are in a throwaway society.

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