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PC Pitstop is so very proud to be inducted into the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame.

This is a rare feat shared only by a handful of other local standout businesses who recognise the importance of putting their teams and customers first at every possible opportunity.

We love Port Macquarie! We love building businesses in Port Macquarie - We love supporting local other local businesses and love supporting local jobs.

It makes winning prestigious awards like this even more enjoyable.

Over the years, PC Pitstop has won a variety of Awards across both the Business Choice and Judged categories.

PC Pitstop were announced the winners of the following awards:

* Environmentally Sustainable Award in 2010 (Judged)
* Embracing technology in 2011 (Judged)
* Employer of Choice 2013 (Judged)
* Young Entrepreneur 2013 - Samantha Clark (Judged)
* Employer of Choice 2014 (Judged)
* Professional & Business Services 5 employees or less in 2014(Popular Business Choice)

Through service we grow. We look forward to many more years of community involvement and service!

 

 

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E-Waste and Recycling

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With awareness about the environmental impacts of sending electronic waste (e-waste) to landfill increasing, many households and businesses are keen to dispose of their unwanted electronic equipment in a responsible way.

Computers and other e-waste contain non-renewable resources such as tin, nickel, zinc aluminium and copper, as well as hazardous materials such as lead and mercury. Sending these products to landfill means the resources they contain are potentially lost and there is a risk that the hazardous substances may be released into the environment.

What can you do? Almost 99% of the components that make up a PC can be recycled. By recycling we can avoid serious toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from going to landfill and polluting our environment.

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Talk to your nearest PC Pitstop team about the best recycling option for your equipment in your area.

* Port Macquarie residents can recycle monitors at the local council tip. Laptop computers and desktops however, can be recycled at PC Pitstop, Bay St, Port Macquarie.

 

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Despite Setbacks, Moving Forward in Clean Tech

 


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When environmental history is written, 2010 could be seen a disaster for the clean technology industry. The year dawned just after the disappointment that was December's U.N. global warming summit in Copenhagen, where the nations of the world failed to produce a comprehensive treaty to cut carbon emissions — the sort of agreement that could have given business the long-term confidence to invest in clean tech. It didn't help that the overblown controversy known as "climategate" — which involved allegations of fraud by climate scientists — undermined trust in global warming science, letting skeptics back into the debate. Worst of all, the Senate failed even to vote on a bill that would have capped U.S. carbon emissions and produce a market designed to kick start clean tech. In America, at least, green tech seems to have gone backwards.

But that's a myopic view. In Europe, which already has a carbon market, investment in clean energy — including wind and solar — isn't going away. China has emerged as a major player in clean tech, investing hundreds of billions of dollars in renewable energy and energy efficiency. In doing so, it's positioning itself to lead the world in the industry of tomorrow. And even the U.S., for all its political problems, hasn't stood still: the Department of Energy, under Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu, has begun directly supporting innovative clean tech companies and pumping more money into basic research and development. Most important, the U.S. — and especially Silicon Valley — is still home to what might be the world's most innovative entrepreneurs in clean tech. These folks are not short of smart ideas, as you'll see here.

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  • Algae Biofuel
  • Algae food
  • Thin-film Solar
  • Molten Salt Storage
  • Solar Tower
  • Custom Biofuels
  • Electric Cars
  • Smart Meters
  • Lithium-ion Batteries
  • Fuel Cells
  • Rooftop Wind Power
  • Tidal Power
  • Green IT
  • Green Concrete
  • Green Building Materials
  • Modular Nuclear Power
  • Artificial Photosynthesis
  • Waste to Energy
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    The Port Macquarie Community Gardens Inc officially invites all members of the community to join them in celebrating The Lost Plot's Launch on Sunday 6th April at the garden on Central Rd.
    More details soon, sign up for their newsletter >>> HERE <<<

     

    CREATE A SCARECROW COMPETITION

    Can your class create a Scarecrow for the launch of the Port Macquarie Community Garden, ‘The Lost Plot’? Winners will
    receive ONE OF 3 GREAT PRIZES for their classroom and their scarecrow can remain in The Lost Plot to welcome
    visitors and keep an eye on all the fruit and veg we are growing.

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    Launch: Sunday 6th April, 9am onwards

    Where: The Lost Plot, Central Rd (next to Lifeline)

    What you need to do: Work together to build the best ‘reuse’ scarecrow and
    bring your scarecrow to the membership stall on April 6th from 9am-9:45am.

    Judging:   Scarecrows will be judged on the day by special guest, ABC’s gardening
    extraordinaire Costa Georgiadis, based on the following criteria:

    • giving old junk a new life
    • variety of materials used
    • originality
    • reflecting a part of our local community

     

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    Does your school currently have produce from your own school garden? If you would like to have a stall at the launch selling your produce, or require more information about the Create a Scarecrow Competition, please call Jacqui on:
    0415 144 306 or email:
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    Be part of the project in a way
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    • Come down to The Lost Plot
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    • Participate in an event!
    • Follow 'The Lost Plot' on Facebook ↓

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    Visit The Lost Plot, Central Road, Port Macquarie

    Community gardens are places where people come together to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, meet, learn about gardening and healthy living, and to play. They are places of sharing food, knowledge and skills.

    The garden is managed by Port Macquarie Community Gardens, a not-for-profit community organisation.

    Port Macquarie Community Gardens aims to establish and support community gardens.
    They will be places which encourage opportunities for:

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    • Arrow-Right-iconBuilding and strengthening community connections;
    • Arrow-Right-iconSustainable gardening with a focus on food;
    • Arrow-Right-iconHealth and education;
    • Arrow-Right-iconGrowth and reflection; and
    • Arrow-Right-iconCelebration, arts and creativity.

    They will be governed by the core values of diversity, inclusiveness, sharing, respect and participation.

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    WE NEED YOUR HELP!

    Make a Community Contribution that Grows
    and Gives Back to ALL!

    Being a not for profit organisation, The Lost Plot relies on sponsorship to cover many of the costs associated with running a community Garden. These include expenses such as operational, maintenance, education, workshop and event coordination.

    This community-centred location and the building and development of the garden as well as subsequent events to be run there will provide an opportunity for sponsorship in a variety of ways.

    Sponsorship provides the following benefits:

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    • Arrow-Right-iconA legitimate tax deduction in the form of advertising and promoting a company’s activities


    Monetary Donations

    Any monetary donations are welcome and will be used for the ongoing construction, growth and community involvement of the garden. You can donate anonymously or choose to be named on our website and across our social media sites. Donations over $100 automatically receive membership so you can experience firsthand where your donation has been spent and enjoy the fruits of The Lost Plot!

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    PAYMENT DETAILS

    Tax deductible donations can be made into the Port Macquarie Community Gardens Inc. account. Please label your transfer as ‘community garden donation’ and email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to notify us of your paid donation.

    Account name: Port Macquarie Community Gardens Inc
    BSB:   802 214    Account Number:   135 349

    In Kind Contributions

    Any in kind contributions, for example the provision of The Lost Plot stickers, tools, t-shirts, banners, BBQ lunch supplies (for events), or speciality products or labour – will be gratefully received and acknowledged.
    Promotions of how you can participate in these projects will be made as they occur (ie. Fundraising events and the ‘Sponsor a Tree’ program). Please Contact Us to ensure you are on our mailing list to receive our updates. All donors will receive their name on our website and recognition of thanks at the time of donation.

    Benefits:

    • Arrow-Right-iconYOUR LOGO on The Lost Plot website and social media sites where relevant
    • Arrow-Right-iconExclusive sponsorship of the specific item sponsored
    • Arrow-Right-iconCertificate of Appreciation

     

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    [THIS ARTICLE CAUGHT MY EYE! WHO DOESN'T WANT TO SAVE $$ ON POWER THESE DAYS, IT'S CRAZY?! HERE'S SOME IDEAS FROM OUR FRIENDS AT BIT]

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    From a three-in-one charger to a switch that shuts off standby power to your computers, here are five gadgets for keeping a lid on your electricity use.

    Power costs are only going one way, and that's upwards. Energy isn't a cheap matter for any business, but that doesn't mean you have to put up with high energy bills. 

    Careful power management of your devices, be they office printers, shared storage, laptops or desktops can go a fair way to lowering your power bill, along with sensible practices when it comes to issues such as office heating and lighting.

    You can also invest a little in gadgets designed specifically to save power in the medium to long term. Below are five gadgets to help you monitor your energy usage. There's no magic bullet here, and these devices won't pay for themselves extremely quickly at current Australian power prices - but if you're looking to stop wasting electricity, it's one way to start.

    1. Belkin Conserve Switch

    It's tempting to leave everything in standby mode so that it's ready to go at the click of mouse or keyboard, but that's also a great way to use a honking great amount of standby power. That's especially the case if you're not only running a desktop computer or laptop, but also possibly a small printer, switch, external monitor or additional power board from the same socket.

    Instead, Belkin's Conserve Switch uses a simple one-touch switch that controls the power to eight connected devices, including two master switch devices. That means that your IT gear that has 24/7 connectivity needs - or that won't react well to a sudden shutdown - can be left on the two master switches, while six other power draining gadgets are turned off remotely when you leave the office each night.

    2. Kensington AbsolutePower Laptop, Phone, Tablet Charger

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    If you've got separate chargers for your phone, tablet and laptop, it can be very tempting to leave them permanently plugged in so that you've got power on the go whenever you want it. The problem there is that each and every one of those chargers is using power when it's plugged in, whether you're charging or not.

    Kensington's AbsolutePower charger combines laptop charging from a small power brick along with two 2.1A USB ports, from which you can charge your phone, tablet, and anything else that'll take a standard USB power charge. As well as being handy (you don't have to juggle different chartgers), it doesn't use up power sockets in your office, or, more critically, power due to unused chargers. This one costs $149.95.

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    3. Powertraveller Powermonkey Extreme

    If you're a mobile worker, it can be tempting to stow a portable battery or two in your bag when you're out and about, because there's nothing worse than your smartphone going dead on you when you've got critical email to catch up on or clients to contact.

    Keeping a portable battery charged continuously can waste power though - unless you use other methods to charge it with. Powertraveller's line of solar-powered gadgets are geared more towards outdoor enthusiasts, but that's no reason why you can't turn their solar expertise to benefit your business. Keep one of these solar-chargers near your window, ready to pick up when you walk out of the office. Solar batteries don't charge fast, but you'll pay a grand total of absolutely no electricity for all the power that you'll ever use through them. This one costs $150.

     

    4. Jaycar Mains Power Meter

    Saving power is a grand ideal, but in order to properly save something, it's important to first be able to measure it. Now, you could take the very low-tech approach and go look at your power meter spinning over, but that'll only give you a complete power draw for the building you're in, which isn't very useful when you're trying to cut down your IT energy costs specifically.

    That's where a power meter such as Jaycar's simple and cheap Mains Power Meter can pay dividends. You plug it between your devices and the wall socket, tell it your current energy price as per your provider's bill, and it will give you a live estimate of the running cost of your equipment over a period of time.

    That's useful data; not only will it give you a more realistic picture of your ongoing data costs, but it will also make it easier to work out which bits of IT equipment are drawing the most power, and proportion your use of them in the most cost-effective manner possible.

     

    5. 2013 Macbook Air

     

    You might think we've gone insane picking a premium Ultrabook style laptop as a "energy saving gadget", but there's distinct method to our madness here.

    The latest version of Apple's MacBook Air laptop runs on Intel's fourth generation Core chips (also referred to in the IT industry as "Haswell" processors), and boasts a hefty battery life of up to 12 hours on the 13 inch model. That's great and it does so by working while only sipping at the battery, because the new Intel chip is conservative when it comes to power usage.

    As such, any laptop with the new Intel chip - we've picked the Air simply because Apple was first to the Australian market with the new Intel chip - will run faster than your current gear but it will also use less power while it's running.

     

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    Here at PC Pitstop we are passionate about Sustainability - even winning an Environmentally Sustainable Business Award in 2010 for our efforts.

    One fun and effective way of getting the message across and reminding our team to think of the environement before they act is the use of strategically placed laminted signs. Like these...

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    You get make your own, buy or download from various websites. Try HERE!

     

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    You can't blame us for saying Christmas is not far away! And what with everyone's hectic lifestyles these days, shopping online is easy and GREEN!

    Checkout our fave sites and the goodies you can get there.

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    Australia's #1 Eco Store with over 2 500 Eco Products!

    But remember...we can't change the world just by shopping...So Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle, take a bike to work and plant a tree!

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    CRT SCREENS: Most older computer monitors are CRT monitors, short for cathode ray tubes. These bulky monitors contain several important components inside the monitor required for operation, but these same vital components sometimes contain hazardous and toxic chemicals and substances. Most contain lead, which can seep into the soil and groundwater if the CRT monitor is crushed after being discarded at a landfill.

    When recycling computer monitors, the recycler often can recover some of the hazardous materials, such as the lead, for reuse. By reusing these items, less mining of these materials is required, which further protects the environment.

    Most local tips or recycling centres are now accepting these older style CRT screens for safe disposal.

    OLD LAPTOPS AND DESKTOPS: Most people when they buy a new computer will only ever really keep the hard drive out of their old machine. However, think twice before chucking the other components or even the shell in the bin. Say for example, that your motherboard died in your old desktops and the cost of replacing the part was more than the cost of a newer, faster machine. It's likely that all the other parts like your DVD drive, your RAM, and your hard drive are still functional, albeit now older than your new machine. These parts are still worth something to someone. Certain computer groups and collectors to name a few would love your old computer so consider calling a needy group or avid tinkler in your area to see if they would benefit from your unwanted IT.

    It only takes a few more minutes of thought to take smarter actions for our planet - and in more ways than one!

    • Be sure to format your HDD before ever disposing it or offering it to someone else. Your data protection is your responsibility. PC Pitstop takes great care to return your HDD to you or wipes it with your permission for use in functioning donation machines.

    MISCELLANEOUS COMPONENTS: C'mon admit it...you too have a pile of unused CD's, maybe even some floppy disks, keyboards, funny little cables, or even the iconic cassette tape shoved in a drawer somewhere! We all do! Our tip is RE-USE! (How did you know I was going to say that?!) Seriously though, there are many preschools, playschools, art schools, tinklers and collectors again who would just love this stuff. Don't believe me..? Check out some of these creative re-uses:

      

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    Cool huh?

    Now you'll think twice!

    Visit your local PC Pitstop to recycle your old computers, ink cartridges and mobile phones!

     

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    PC Pitstop is always proud to be a part of the Greater Port Macquarie Business Awards and thanks the local community for nominating us each and every year. This year's gala dinner was held at Port Macquarie Panthers on Friday the 3rd of September and attended by over 1000 local business representatives. The night was a great success not only for winning local businesses but also for showcasing the excellent standards and variety of businesses the Hastings area really has to offer. PC Pitstop was chosen as one of three finalists for the Environmentally Sustainable Business Practices category and took out the prize on the night. Our entry was a standout winner for the category and judges informed us they sent a copy to everyone in their office as an excellent example of how each person can do more to make big environmental changes.

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    We hope to use the momentum of this great achievement to further promote our recycling/ sustainability policies and services and hopefully inspire other businesses and individuals to implement them as well. Pop into one of our two stores and see what small things you can do to make a difference.

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