Fast facts about MobileMuster
- MobileMuster started in late 1998. As the mobile phone industry's official product stewardship scheme, 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 takeresponsibility 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 starting out, MobileMuster has collected 1,014 tonnes of mobile phones components including 7.7 million handsets and batteries and over 518,000 kg of accessories (as at 30 June 2013).
- Australia has over 30 million mobile phone subscribers and members of MobileMuster import over 7 million mobiles into Australia every year.
- On average Australians replace their handsets every 18-24 months*.
- 82% of mobile phone users either kept (61%) or passed on (21%) their previous mobile phone; 9% of people recycled it, 3% threw it out, 3% were lost or stolen*.
- It's estimated there are over 23 million unwanted mobiles in homes around Australia*.
- Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers can be recycled.
- 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 online survey conducted in December 2012 by IPSOS on behalf of AMTA of 1027 mobile phone users, aged 16 years or older randomly selected from all States across Australia.