Lisa and Adrian Saunders
A Story of Tenacity
Looking at the piles on the side of the road in 2019, Lisa and Adrian began a familiar complaint, "Surely some of that stuff has value. It's crazy to throw it into landfill..." At that moment, they decided to stop complaining and do something themselves. Lisa and Adrian started their journey, offering free electronics recycling to the whole community as a social enterprise.
Four and a half years later they've saved over 7000 tonnes of electronics and appliances from landfill.
Whirl provides free electronics recycling in the form of small events, hubs, workplace, school and home collections thanks to generous community contributors, business and charity partnerships and religious institutions who are committed to keeping electronics and appliances out of landfill.
Lisa and Adrian have also turned electronics recycling into thousands of dollars for charities such as ReLove, Kyds, The Northern Beaches Women's Shelter and FSHD research.
Through their innovative distribution channels Lisa and Adrian have created a unique network that to re-uses over 60% of the items they collect, and responsibly recycles the rest.
They've re-homed heritage items and electronics that have another life in them, reconditioned old technology and found sought-after parts for keen restorers and collectors.
Whirl Recycling is and will always will be a fully free service to the community, business, governments, schools, religious institutions... everyone.
Lisa Saunders - Co-Founder
Formerly the CEO of the Institute for Human Potential, Lisa delivered neuroscience-based coaching and leadership workshops around Australia. Lisa's favorite items are cameras. "They're so beautifully designed, like a piece of sculpture. Plus, they capture moments of our lives forever."