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.
Your School Kit will provide the following resources to help you run a successful muster.
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.
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 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:
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.
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.
Develop your proposal and allocate roles and responsibilities. Questions to consider:
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.
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:
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.