MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard. The program is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on why it is important to recycle.
The program accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. Our extensive collection network provides 3,500 public drop off points across the country along with a free post back option.
MobileMuster is managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) on behalf of our members. Handset manufacturers (Alcatel, Apple, HMD Global, HTC, Huawei, Google, Microsoft, Motorola, Oppo, Samsung, ZTE) Network carriers (Optus, Telstra, Vodafone)
MobileMuster gained accreditation in 2014 under the Product Stewardship Act 2011 which provides a framework to effectively address the environmental, health and safety impacts of a product or material across its full life cycle, from manufacture to disposal.
The mobile phone industry is constantly working to reduce the environmental and human health impacts of their products, across their entire lifecycles. This includes:
The mobile phone industry is committed to reducing our environmental footprint. For more information and inspiration on how our members are approaching their commitment visit their websites below.
Research shows that consumers are holding on to their mobile phones for longer with over half the population using their mobile phone for two years or more. It is estimated that one in five Australians sell, trade-in or give their old mobiles to family or friends.
However, there are approximately 25 million unused mobile phones being stored in Australian homes. Of those 5 million are broken and no longer working.
The industry has invested almost $45 million into the program which has recycled over 13 million handsets and batteries since it was established in 1998.
In 2018 the program collected and recycled 90 tonnes of mobile phone components which equates to 1.2 million handsets and batteries. Take a look at our latest Annual Report for more information on the MobileMuster program and the environmental benefits it delivers.
A small number of people are throwing away their mobile phone in the rubbish bin.
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