Social enterprises

Substation33 is a YFS social enterprise that’s based in the Logan suburb of Kingston and shares YFS’ vision and values. 


Substation33 is a social enterprise of YFS. Substation33 opened its doors in January 2013 as an electronic waste recycling centre, providing a workplace where volunteers and employees gain confidence and skills for the transition to sustainable employment.

More recently, Substation33 has started an Innovation Lab and has designed and developed a number of products for commercial, social and educational purposes. These included Flooded Road Smart Warning SignsElectric ‘e-bikes’3D printers, a vertical garden monitoring system, to name just a few. 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,

What we do:

  • Innovation incubation
  • Electronic waste collection and processing
  • Electronic waste audits
  • Data destruction – both electronic and physical
  • Full computer workshop facilities
  • Computer sales from as little as $100
  • We are seeking your help in diverting e-waste from landfill!

What we need:

To ensure the continued growth of Substation 33 we are always in need of electronic waste. In fact, at Substation33 we say if it had a plug or a battery we can recycle it.

What we accept:

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Servers
  • Office equipment
  • Televisions
  • Household appliances
  • All obsolete or unwanted electronic equipment.

Contact Us:

31 Mary St Kingston 4114
P: 07 3826 1533

Client story

Chris, 19, did not talk when he first came to volunteer at YFS’ social enterprise, Substation33. Soon, he started noticing dramatic improvements in his ability to interact. He is talking now and he can build relationships with his peers on a day-to day basis.

With all the new developments Chris’ confidence has boosted and when new opportunities outside his comfort zone present themselves, he just takes them on.

How to use our services

YFS understands it is hard to ring without knowing exactly what to ask for, that’s why we have one central door for all new people, called YFS Connect.

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