We have closed registrations to the 2021 schools challenge. Congratulations to all the winners – please read the news article for details, click here.
Schools can join our schools challenge and transform old phones into technology prizes. MobileMuster provides support for schools through the challenge including education resources and collection boxes or recycling satchels to make it easy. Prizes will be awarded to the top three collecting schools in each State and Territory.
Share in more than $24,500 worth of prizes!
Top Collector Prizes
These will be awarded to the top three collecting schools in each state and territory.
Ten lucky winners will receive a $250 JB Hi-Fi vochure. The participation prizes will be allocated at random to any school who sends in at least one eligible collection during the competition period; to ensure every school who takes part has a chance to win.
Who can participate? All public and private preschools, primary, intermediate, special and secondary schools in Australia are invited to join the challenge.
What are the important dates?
What are the prizes? There is $24,500 in prizes available for the MobileMuster Schools Challenge.
Top Collector Prizes
Prizes will be awarded to the top collecting schools in each Australian state and territory.
Ten lucky winners will receive a $250 Officeworks vochure. The participation prizes will be allocated at random to any school who sends in at least one eligible collection during the competition period; to ensure every school who takes part has a chance to win.
What can you recycle?
What are the different ways of collecting?
How much do I have to collect?
To be eligible to win one of our prizes schools must send in a minimum of 8kg of mobile components which include handsets, chargers, batteries, accessories and wearables.
How can you support the challenge?
Encourage the community to recycle their old mobile phones and accessories at your school. Promote the challenge on your school newsletters, social media and in the classroom. We have comprehensive education resources for preschool, primary and high school to increase understanding of sustainability and recycling.
What are the terms and conditions? Read our Schools Challenge Terms and Conditions for further information on how the challenge will work.
Teachers can use our curriculum guides, school kit and access our digital library to plan lessons and support the challenge in the classroom. We understand that learning about the importance of recycling is critical in encouraging the community to take action.
If you are registered for the Schools Challenge you can order one of our School Kits by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
This box will contain stimulus material for teachers and students to run a muster at their school. Sample of materials that are recovered from mobile phones and a flip book on the recycling process. Badges that can be given to students as a prize for participating in the program.
Go through the checklist below when planning your event.
Conduct a survey to see how many old mobile phones people are storing at home.
People are more likely to recycle if you offer them an incentive. There are a number of ways you could incentive the school community. Your school could offer house points for each mobile phone that is collected. You could have a prize or award for the student who collects the most mobile phones.
Make a short video to encourage the community to recycle. Videos are a great way to communite. Create your video and show it at the school assembly so that all the students are excited to recycle. You could also see if it could be posted to the schools social media or digital newsletter.
Our digital library and book contains narrated videos, stunning images, interactive activities and detailed text to help students learn about mobile phone recycling. Once you have had a look at these resources and completed the activities test your knowledge by completing our Quiz.
Mobile phones are pretty incredible. They help you connect to people, places, information and goods and services across the globe. But what happens when they are upgraded or no longer work. These activities have been developed to explore the sustainability issue and cover step one in the sustainability action process. Students will access the current situation for mobile phone recycling in their school and community. They will investigate concepts and ideas relating to the issue and start thinking about what needs to change.
Assess the current situation in the school by finding out if your school is currently part of the Mobile Muster schools program or if there are MobileMuster collection points in your local community.
Investigating concepts and ideas relating to the sustainability issue. We have lots of resources to help you. View How phones are made – Oppo Factory Tour and complete the Complete the What’s In a Phone Quiz. Have a look at our video MobileMuster – What’s Inside Your Phone.
What can be done in your school and community? Conduct a survey on the number of mobile phones being stored in the school community. Ask participants why they are holding onto their old mobiles and what would motivate them to recycle.
You are now ready to define the scope of action. Watch the War On Waste, Series 2, Episode 2 (iView) and discuss why it is important to recycle electronic waste and what action can be taken. These activities cover step two in the sustainability action process. They identify ideas, consider the available resources and constraints and help students to select an idea for action.
Explore what happens when mobile phones are recycled through the MobileMuster program. Watch the video MobileMuster – The Recycling Journey and What happens when you recycle. Identify three reasons why it is important to recycle responsibly through programs like MobileMuster. Research information about the MobileMuster program, generate ideas and explore options for making a change.
The next step is to develop the proposal for action. By recycling your mobile, you’ll be avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting the environment and conserving natural resources. You’re also preventing potentially hazardous materials from entering the environment.
These activities cover step three in the sustainability action process. They prepare the proposal, work out how it will be communicated and who will be responsible.
Develop your proposal and allocate roles and responsibilities. Questions to consider:
View the video The Benefits of Recycling Your Phone. Identify and describe the environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones. Interact with the Mobile Muster Environmental Calculator and assess environmental benefits of recycling mobile phones. Answer the questions:
You are now ready to take action. These activities cover step four in the sustainability action process. They cover the implementation of the sustainable action and monitor its progress.
Visit the MobileMuster website and learn more about the program, why it was developed and who funds the program. Watch the video MobileMuster – Our Story. In groups, students select one of MobileMuster’s member organisations and research the environmental initiatives to reduce the impacts of their products on the environment.
Implement the steps set out in the proposal. Use the resources provided by MobileMuster to communicate the sustainability action.
Schools that are a registered MobileMuster collection partner will be able to use their resources including posters, videos and logo to promote the action.
Questions to consider:
Who is monitoring the implementation?
What further action is needed to ensure success?
Are we following the proposed steps?
How are we monitoring our progress?
How are we collecting data?
At the end of your muster don’t forget to book in a free pick up so that all of the mobile phones you have collected and be recycling. If you are a registered site you can book in a free pick-up by calling us on 1800 249 113 or book online.
Don’t forget to celebrate your achievement. You can use our environmental calculator to work out the environmental benefit of your recycling and print off a certificate. Recycling efforts — big and small have a lasting, positive effect on our environment.
Change starts with education. Spreading awareness and taking action in order to make a difference can be achieved in a number of ways. You are now ready to evaluate the sustainability action process and working out how we can create a sustainable mobile future.
These activities cover step five in the sustainability action process. They cover the evaluation of the sustainable action and reflect on the learning process.
To evaluate the sustainability action consider the following questions:
Identify what learning resulted from the action process. If the sustainability action involved a MobileMuster collection event use the Environmental Calculator to measure the environmental impact of the action.
Identify what you would do differently next time and possible future directions. Present the evaluation to the school and community. You could create a documentary that describes the sustainability action and the impact.