What is MobileMuster?
MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry's official product stewardship program. It's a free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. It is the mobile phone industry's way of ensuring old mobile phone products don't end up in landfill - but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.
So why is this important? Over 90% of the materials (metals and plastics) used in a mobile are recyclable and can be reused to make new products, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources.
Mobile phone components should also never be thrown in the rubbish, where they can end up in landfill. For one thing they're not biodegradable, so they won't break down. On top of that, mobiles contain some substances that can potentially harm the environment if not disposed of correctly.
At MobileMuster, we aim to make sure mobiles are handled properly at the end of their useful lives and recycled to the highest environmental standards. Our mission is simple. We promise to keep mobile phones out of landfill. All we are asking you to do is to promise to recycle them.
How to recycle
MobileMuster works with partners like mobile phone retailers, other retailers, local councils and Australia Post to collect phones from the general public. We encourage people to return their old phones, either by dropping them off, or posting them to us. Either way, it's free for consumers, schools, businesses, councils and government agencies.
Each and every mobile we receive is dismantled and recycled, nothing is resold for reuse and any data left on the handset is destroyed through the recycling process.
What we recycle
The team behind MobileMuster
MobileMuster is a not-for-profit program, voluntarily funded by the following mobile telecommunications companies :
- Handset manufacturers (Alcatel ONETOUCH, Microsoft, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, HTC, Huawei, ZTE)
- Network carriers (Telstra, Optus, Vodafone)
- Service providers (Virgin Mobile)
- Distributors (Force Technology)
MobileMuster is managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of these members.
What makes MobileMuster different?
It is the only recycling program that is:
- Government accredited
- Funded and managed by the industry
- Endorsed by mobile phone manufacturers and network carriers
- Dedicated to keeping old mobiles out of landfill
MobileMuster accepts all brands of mobile phones, including their batteries, chargers and accessories. All components are recycled locally or in developed countries overseas - and none are sold for reuse or exported to developing countries.
At MobileMuster we also report annually on our collections and recycling processes, which are audited by an independent third party.