What is MobileMuster?
MobileMuster is the Australian mobile phone industry's official
product stewardship program. It's a free mobile phone recycling
program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus
their batteries, chargers and accessories. Basically, it's the
industry's way of ensuring mobile phone products don't end up in
landfill - but instead are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical
So why is this important? Well, over 90% of the materials used
in a mobile are recyclable and can be reused, 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. 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,
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, and
any data left on the handset is destroyed through the recycling
What to recycle
The team behind MobileMuster
MobileMuster is a not-for-profit program, voluntarily funded by
industry groups including:
- Handset manufacturers (Nokia, 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
What makes MobileMuster different?
It is the only recycling program that is:
- Funded and managed by the industry
- Endorsed by mobile phone manufacturers and network
- 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