Run a muster

Running a MobileMuster at your school is free and easy. Simply follow these steps.

Register your school

Complete our online registration form and we will send you a MobileMuster school kit and collection box with resources to help promote your muster. Teachers should allocate several weeks to allow time for a thorough investigation of the issue and provide time for implementing the action throughout the term. 

Plan & Promote your MobileMuster

Your School Kit will provide the following resources to help you run a successful muster.

  • Box to collect your old mobile phones and accessories for recycling.
  • 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.

You can display our poster at your school and local community notice boards. Use our Teacher Resources Tip Sheet to learn more about sustainability and recycling. Take a look at our How to Run a Muster Tip Sheet so you can plan a successful event at school. Use our book that looks at the component inside a mobile phone and how they are recycled and processed so the materials can be used again.

Learn about recycling

Use our Mobile Connections digital book to inspire students to tackle mobile phone waste in their community. The book uses the Sustainability Action Process to plan, execute and evaluate action for sustainability. It is available for download with Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device or ePUB on your smartphone, tablet, e-reader or computer.

Make the case for change

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.

  • 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.

What is the story behind my phone?

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. To help generate ideas watch the video MobileMuster – Extending the Life of Your Phone and A Free Trip to Agbogbloshieby Dave Hakkens. Once you have watched the videos discuss the following:

  • What you can do to extend the life of your phone? Consider repair, reuse and reselling options.
  • Why do people in developing countries risk their health and pollute the environment to disassemble and reuse electronic waste?

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.

Creating a sustainable mobile future.

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 the statement for action which you can communicated to the school.
  • Make sure your call to action is simple and easy to follow.
  • Identify the order of steps or actions needed to implement the plan.
  • Make sure you gain agreement on the proposal from stakeholders including the Principal.
  • Before you prepare the communications plan consider how to promote your proposed action take a look at the environmental benefits of recycling.

View the video MobileMuster – 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.

  • What would be the environmental benefit of recycling in terms of global warming (C02 emissions prevented)?
  • What other measures are used in the environmental calculator?

Develop your proposal and allocate roles and responsibilities. Questions to consider:

  • Does our planning address the original problem?
  • How does this plan support all aspects of what we are going to do?
  • How can this plan be communicated? Use the information collected in the survey to help form the communications plan.
  • How do we record our actions for communicating and reporting?
  • How will we monitor our progress and success?

Goodbye old phone.

You are now ready to take action. 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 recycling program in Australia. 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.
  • Monitor progress. 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?

Let us do the recycling

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.

Evaluating and reflecting

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:

  • Were there any unexpected issues?
  • How could you improve the action process for next time?
  • What further action might you take?

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.