Local business awarded for switched on thinking

Published on Wednesday 29 November, 2017

NE: Solutions with Mayor Dewhurst

Gosnells business NE: Solutions has been recognised for its green credentials with a Switched on Business award from local government sustainability initiative Switch your thinking.

NE: Solutions helps its clients downsize, move home and reorganise their lives, with a focus on environmentalism and waste diversion.

It’s the first time a business from south-east metropolitan Perth has received a Switched on Business award, which recognises and celebrates businesses that act sustainably.

Switch your thinking is an initiative of the cities of Gosnells and Armadale and the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, which now involves 16 local government authorities in WA.

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst encouraged other local businesses to follow the lead set by NE: Solutions.

“We’re delighted to recognise a Gosnells business which is embracing environmental action and making it a primary focus of their operations,” he said.

“Sending waste to landfill is often unnecessary and has a huge environmental impact. Taking steps to minimise waste in the office is a far better option.”

As part of its services, NE: Solutions assists clients in downsizing their homes or clearing deceased estates, with an emphasis on donating, recycling, freecycling or selling unwanted items.

“We understand this can be an emotional process and it can be easier and quicker to take everything to the tip,” owner Jay Shaw said.

“Our process ensures we sort through everything and organise it into what can be re-used, recycled or re-distributed – whether it’s older furniture, which still has life in it and can assist those starting their lives over, or shredding personal papers to use in animal shelters or composts.”

“This means a great deal to our clients because their belongings are not ‘thrown out’, but move on to another loving home.”

NE: Solutions also walks the talk. Its office is fitted out with second hand furniture, single-use water bottles have been eliminated in the office, staff shop ‘green’ when possible and everyone has access to a recycling bin.

Other local businesses can follow in their lead by:

  • Dropping off computers, mobiles, printer cartridges and batteries at designated recycling points
  • Greening the office with fewer single-use supplies
  • Selling, rehoming or donating old office furniture

Find out more about greening your home or workplace at

To nominate a business, including your own, for a future Switched on Business award, call 9397 3207 or email