Fast facts about MobileMuster

  • MobileMuster started in 1998, its aim is to keep old mobiles out of landfill and to recycle them in a safe, secure and ethical way.  It is the industry's program to take responsibility for its products at the end of their useful life.
  • The program is voluntarily funded and managed by mobile handset manufacturers, service providers, network carriers and distributors.
  • It's currently the only industry-led mobile recycling program in the world.
  • Since the program started nearly 1, 161 tonnes of mobile phone components have been collected and recycled.  This includes 9.87 million handsets and batteries plus more than 576,000 kg of accessories as at 31 May 2015.
  • Australia has over 31.09 million mobile phone services as at June 2014 (
  • Whilst most Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months an increasing number, currently 23%, have owned their mobile for 2+ years.*
  • 79% of people choose to keep or give away their old mobile phones, 3% throw them out.*
  • It's estimated there are over 22.5 million unwanted mobiles in homes around Australia*.
  • During 2013-14 94% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers collected by MobileMuster were recovered.
  • Through resource recovery, MobileMuster has reduced the need to mine 28,900 tonnes of precious metal ore, which is equivalent to keeping 2,600 cars of the road, planting 56,600 trees or preventing 9,300 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain substances that can potentially harm the environment if not handled correctly at the end of a phone's useful life.
  • MobileMuster has over 4,000 public collection points across Australia.
  • Old mobiles and their accessories can also be posted in for free to MobileMuster by downloading a reply-paid mailing label, or picking up a pre-paid satchel from Australia Post.
  • Download PDF version of latest Key Mobile Phone Recycling Facts

* Independent survey conducted in January 2015 by IPSOS on behalf of AMTA of 1050 mobile phone users aged 16 years or older randomly selected from across Australia.