Mobile Muster, Australia's government accredited mobile phone recycling program, is calling on Australians to dig out and recycle their old mobile phones. This follows the ABC's latest War on Waste episode which shone a light on the growing issue of e-waste in Australia and how people can recycle their phones.
Australia has more old phones stored away than there are people in the country - that equates to two for every household, and that figure is rising. By 2028, Mobile Muster predicts that Australians will be holidng onto nearly 30 million old mobile phones.
The War on Waste highlighted the rapid growth of e-waste in Australia and how more needs to be done to address the issue. Off the back of the show, Mobile Muster is calling on Australias to join the war on waste by taking their phones out of storage and into recycling.
Spyro Kalos, Manager, Mobile Muster, says: "Most of us know that we shouldn't throw our phones in the bin. But many of us still hang on to them, just in case they're needed - often they're never used again and sit forgotten in a drawer."
Research shows that three in four Australian's are aware that they can recycle their old phones, and Mobile Muster is committed to doing more to educate people on how they can recycle responsibly through its program.
Mobile Muster runs consumer awareness campaigns to highlight the environmental and social importance of recycling phones. The program works closely with local counsils, workplaces, schools and retailers to raise awareness of mobile phone recycling. It also partners with charities to give mobile users an added incentive to recycle their phones while doing good in their local communities.
"We know that recycling can be confusing sometimes, so we cut through that by providing a free and simple way for people to easily recycle their mobile phones. To date, we've recycled over 1,300 tonnes of mobile phone and accessories, including 13 million handsets and batteries. But there is always more to do.
"With millions of phones lying dormant at home, the e-waste problem is getting bigger and we all need to be talking about it more. Mobile phones can and should be recycled when they reach the end of their lives. We can all do our part to fight the war on waste, and it starts at home. That's why we're calling all Australians to find their old phones and recycle them the right way - today," says Mr Kalos.
Recycling a mobile phone is simple. Mobile Muster has over 3,500 drop off points across the country including Battery World Australia or they can be posted back by picking a satchel at AusPost for free.
The mobile industry through Mobile Muster has invested almost $45 million developing a solid collection network and awareness campaigns over the last 20 years to make recycling mobile phones free and easy.
Everything collected by Mobile Muster is recycled for the circular economy. Through the program 99% of the material from old phones and accessories are recovered and used in manufacturing new products, reducing the need for virgin materials. All the metal, glass and plastic in your mobile phone has the potential for a second life.
Before you recycle remember to transfer and remove any data that you want to keep. If you're unable to switch the phone on, then any data still on the phone will be destroyed in the recycling process. For Australian's wanting to show their support they can dig their phones out of storage and find their nearest collection point here: https://www.mobilemuster.com.au/locator-map/
If your workplace, school or council would like to join the program they can register to become a collection site https://www.mobilemuster.com.au/partners/
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