Market report: Paint pails

After a decade of slow demand the market for second hand paint pails has strengthened.  Market analysts working in the second hand paint pail market have seen a supply side issue.  This appears to be largely due to a shortage of plasterboard in the construction sector leading to a lower demand for paint.  It was announced that there could be 100 shipping containers of plasterboard arriving to cover the shortfall in local production.

The supply of the pails is now sporadic.  Creative Junk are experiencing high demand with them “flying out the door”.  Retail prices are either $2 or $4 on Facebook and are not readily available on the Trade Me auction site.

Alan Liefting the Paint Pail Purchasing Manager at Ecotech Services, has been watching the paint pail market for some time.  “We have been using the pails for storing all manner of itmes from our recycling operation for a long time,” said Mr Liefting.  “They were easy to get. People were glad to get rid of them. Now we have to pay for them!”

The reputable paint supply merchants rarely have empty paint pails and the ones withat have paint residue are sent away for recycling.  There is speculation that there is stockpiling of paint pails to reduce the supply and attempt to manipulate the market but wthere is no concrete proof of this.

(Whilst this is my attempt at humour it is largely based on facts – except my company role!)

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Price increases

Most of our prices have remained the same for a long while but a wide number of factors means we have to raise some of them. The changes are effective immediately.

These are the updated prices and our full price list can be found on our prices page.

Item code Description Old price New price
00810 Late payment fee $10.00 $12.00
08001 Waste disposal – per kilo $0.21 $0.90
10100 Labour – repair – per 10 min $13.00 $15.00
10101 Inspection/assessment/minimum fee – electrical and electronics $39.00 $45.00
10150 Call out fee – misc $35.00 $60.00
10200 Labour – repair – computer – per 10 min $15.00 $18.00
10201 Inspection/assessment/minimum fee – computers $45.00 $54.00
30002 Recycling service – misc – per kg $0.20 $0.40
30100 Labour – recycling – per 10 min $9.00 $11.00
32110 Alkaline battery recycling (per kg) $3.00 $3.50
32120 NiCd/NiMh battery recycling $3.50 $4.50
32122 NiCd battery recycling – per kg $3.50 $4.50
32132 Lithium battery recycling (kg) $0.00 $5.00
32133 Laptop battery recycling $0.00 $2.00
32134 Li-ion (lithium) battery recycling $0.00 $5.00
32136 Li-MnO2 battery recycling $0.00 $5.00
32172 NiMH battery recycling – per kg $3.50 $4.50
32190 Battery recycling – unsorted $3.50 $4.50
34114 All in one computer recycling $8.00 $10.00
34122 Monitor recycling $8.00 $10.00
34150 E-book reader recycling $0.00 $2.00
34210 Small appliance recycling $0.00 $2.00
34211 Microwave oven recycling $0.00 $4.00
34231 CRT TV recycling $30.00 $35.00
34233 Plasma TV recycling $25.00 $30.00
34234 Fluorescent-backlit LCD TV recycling $18.00 $20.00
34235 LED-backlit LCD TV recycling $12.00 $20.00
34530 Recycling – unit – telecom – cord $1.15 $3.00
34540 Recycling – unit – telecom – IP $1.15 $3.00
35133 Compact cassette recycling $4.50 $1.00
39201 Collection fee – Christchurch $22.50 $27.50


There are numerous reasons for raising our prices including higher fuel prices, export freight price increases, higher downstream recycling fees, inflation, an uncertain economic environment due to COVID-19, and an increase in the minimum wage.

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Technology sale

assorted electrical, electronic, computer, and mechanical items

This is a very small selection of the items that we will have for sale.

Ecotech Services will be having a sale of surplus second hand and refurbished stock.  Items include:

  • Televisions, DVD players, speakers
  • Computers, computer parts
  • Laptops, laptop parts, laptop accessories
  • Electronic components and assemblies
  • Cables
  • Mechanical hardware
  • Fasteners
  • Batteries

Ten percent discount offered on all showroom items.

EFTPOS available.

LOCATION:  Carpark at Ecotech Services,  139A Wordsworth St.,  Sydenham
TIME: 9:00am-5:00pm, 2 July (9 July if wet)

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Ecotech comes up with the goods!

I was pottering around at work on the Sunday night of a long Easter weekend and decided to fix a set of tool drawers that came in for recycling.  Yep, we get all sorts of things coming in for recycling!

Ecotech Services has needed a set of tool drawers for a while and I have been looking out for a suitable second hand bargain.  And then these turn up!

tool drawers

The bottom drawer was a bit hard to close.  Turns out the drawer runner had lost its bearings.   All but one of the ball bearings on the runner were missing.

What are the chances of getting a new runner for it?  Possibly not good but repairing is usually the first option for me.  So I need some 3.8mm diameter ball bearings to fix it.  We have got things that look like short drawer runners in stock that have been salvaged off all sorts of things, including  monitor stands and photo printing kiosks.  They would a good source of replacement ball bearings.  The first one I pulled apart had 4.8mm ball bearings but I got lucky on the second one. It had the 3.8mm ball bearings that I was after.

The drawer was easy to get out.  There are two plastic clips that act as end stops and can be moved to get the drawer out.

I cut the end off the sacrificial runner to get the ball bearings out.  I then had to remove the end clip on the tool drawer runner to take out the ball bearing holder and I then added the replacement bearings to it.  I used bit of grease as a “glue” to keep all of the bearings in place while getting it back on the runner.  It was then a matter of putting the runner end clip back on and sliding the drawer back in.

Close up of runner.

This is the ball bearing holder now with its full set of bearings.

Ecotech now has some better tool storage in our mechanical work area!


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Shocking quality

We had a cheap Homemaker brand HT7145KM heater come in for recycling.  This one had two of the halogen heating lamps rattling around in the bottom because the ends had shattered and the third on was on the way out as well.  I thought I would take it apart for a bit of a laugh.  And look what I found.

One of the case screws had pierced one of the wires, in this case it was carrying the voltage going to the oscillating motor.  This is pretty poor manufacturing quality to say the least!  Fortunately the screw is recessed about 20mm down a hole otherwise it would be a serious safety issue.

Another worry is that if the wire strands were cut by the screw would the remaining wires have created enough heat to melt and burn the plastic?  Possibly not given that the oscillating motor is quite low current.

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Stay safe with stuff

This heavy duty extension cord had been quite severely severed.  This is certainly a serious safety situation.

Yellow extension cord with a damaged section

Spot the fault!

It must have happened while it had current flowing through it because there has been severe sparking in the severed section.

Stay safe!

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Face mask recycling

Surgical style face mask.Ecotech Services now accepts surgical face masks for recycling.

  • less than five are accepted as part of our $5 drop off/minimum fee;
  • more than five are $1.00 per five;
  • large volumes of compressed masks (greater than 0.001m³ – 10 x 10 x 10cm) are $30 per 0.001m³.

This service is only available at our Christchurch premises.

Polyproylene are the only type accepted at this stage.

The face masks are recycled by TerraCycle.

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COVID-19 and waste

This box of stationary items came in with one of our e-waste recycling consignments.

A box of assorted stationary items.
It was going to be thrown out but our staff member said we would take it.  It was unneeded due to a reduction in overseas student numbers and that is due to COVID-19.

So free pens for customers while stock last!

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Repair cafe at Lincoln

Lincoln Envirotown is holding a repair cafe event on Saturday the 4th of December from 10am to 1pm.  As well as bikes and clothing repairs to appliances, computers, and anything else that is electrically powered will be offered.

Ecotech Services will be helping out.

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2021 International Repair Day

2021 International Repair Day logo
As a means of promoting the repair industry Ecotech Services is once again offering free repairs or evaluation to a wide range of faulty electrical, electronic and computer equipment on the 2021 International Repair Day.

The event will be held at our premises on Saturday the 16th of October between 8:30am and 5:00pm at 139A Wordsworth St in Sydenham, Christchurch.

The free repair offer does not include any parts that may be needed and if time is limited the repairs may not be completed. The repairs will be carried out by experienced technicians and where needed will be carried out by registered electrical workers.

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