Ease of recycling is an important part of our continued success in capturing e-waste from all parts of Australia. Local government partnerships have proven key in supporting our objective for providing a mobile phone recycling drop off point within 10km for 96% of the population. Our industry funded program works with 400 councils throughout Australia, who offer over 1,000 collection sites in administration centres, libraries or at waste transfer facilities. These are particularly valuable in regional and remote communities who are at times overlooked by other programs.
MobileMuster acknowledges that local councils are often the first point of contact for residents and small businesses who want to find out where to recycle tricky items like their old mobiles. Recent research conducted by IPSOS highlights that consumers prefer to drop off products for recycling at their local council followed by the place of purchase. Our local council partners play a crucial role in also educating the community on why and how to recycle, along with providing easily accessible drop off sites. With e-waste growing, now more than ever our local council partners are an important part of the solution in collecting and recycling more mobile phones.
Each year, MobileMuster recognises our top collecting council partners in each state or territory. MobileMuster would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following councils that have taken out top honours this year in their respective state/territory:
NSW – Hornsby Shire Council
NT – East Arnhem Regional Council
QLD – Brisbane City Council
SA – City of Onkaparinga
TAS – Launceston City Council
VIC – City of Monash
WA – City of Stirling
In 2022 over 5.8 tonnes was collected by our local council partners nationally. This includes over 35,000 handsets and batteries. The environmental benefits of recycling all these mobiles and batteries is equivalent to planting 334 trees with avoided co2 emissions equating to 12.86 tonnes.