REUSE OPTIONS

Can my mobile be reused?

Part of the MobileMuster promise is that we recycle all mobiles collected, rather than refurbish them for reuse. That's because our focus is on resource recovery, and keeping mobiles out of landfill. However, we do recognise that the resale of mobiles is a legitimate commercial activity, which can extend the life of phones or give people better access to communication.

If you'd like your mobile to be reused, there are a few ways you can go.

  1. Repair it. Most manufacturers have service centres who will be able to tell you if your mobile can be repaired.
  2. Pass it on. Maybe you have a family member of friend who needs a mobile. Ask around.
  3. Donate it for reuse by people in need. Certain charities in Australia provide secondhand mobiles to those who can't otherwise access them. Just be sure to check out the charity you choose to ensure they're genuine.
  4. Donate to a charity or school to raise funds. Many charities have partnered with mobile phone resellers to raise funds for their organisation.  Most of these mobiles will be sold overseas into developing countries for reuse.
  5. Sell it. There are companies who offer cash in return for old mobiles. Most of these mobiles will be sold overseas into developing countries for reuse.

If you go for options 4 or 5, it's a good idea to ask where your mobile will go, what steps will be taken to remove any data, and what will happen to your mobiles overseas once it can no longer be used. You should also ask what the organisation does with the mobiles they can't sell.

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WAYS TO RECYCLE