Run a muster

Running a MobileMuster at your school is free and easy. Start by completing our online registration form and we will send you a 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.

Our School Kit will provide you with a box to collect your old mobile phones and accessories for recycling. 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.

Use the activities below to plan, run and celebrate your muster at school.

Plan your muster


Go through the checklist below when planning your event.

  1. Have you registered your school to run a muster?
  2. Have you spoken to your school principal about the event?
  3. Have you set up your MobileMuster collection box in the classroom or  school office
  4. Have you set a target on how many mobile phones you would like to collect?
  5. Have you talked about the muster event at your school assembly?
  6. Have you let the community know that you are running a muster event?
  7. Have you made posters to let people know what, where and how they can recycle?
  8. Have you written an article for your school newsletter, social media or local paper?
  9. Have you motivated students to recycle?


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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.

Learn about recycling

Did you know?

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.

Digital resources

Digital Library Website Mobile Connection Book (iOS) Download Mobile Connections Book (ePUB) Download MobileMuster Quiz Game

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.

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.

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.

Develop proposal for action

Action plan

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.


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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?

Communications Plan

  • 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.

Calculate the environmental benefits

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:

  • 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?
Run a muster

Take action

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.


MobileMuster - Our story Video MobileMuster website - About Website

Who is MobileMuster?

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.

Let’s get started

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.



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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.

How to evaluate

To evaluate the sustainability action consider the following questions:

  • Did we achieve our goals?
  • Were there any unexpected issues?
  • What were the strengths and weaknesses of our plan?
  • How could you improve the action process for next time?
  • What further action might we take?

What did we learn

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.