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June 10, 2020

Meet our recycling champions

MobileMuster would like to acknowledge the effort of our council partners who help deliver a recycling program that is tailored to their local community and delivers real environmental benefits. Local government partnerships have helped MobileMuster gain an expansive geographic footprint in Australia. The program strives to ensure mobile phone recycling is accessible with 96% of the Australian population living within 10km of a MobileMuster drop off point. MobileMuster’s Top Local Government Recyclers for 2020:

  • Australian Capital Territory – Actsmart
  • New South Wales – Hornsby Shire Council
  • Northern Territory – East Arnhem Regional Council
  • Queensland – Cairns Regional Council
  • South Australia – Adelaide Hills Council
  • Tasmania – City of Launceston
  • Victoria – City of Monash
  • Western Australia – City of Stirling


This year local councils contributed 5.5 tonnes of mobile phone components for recycling. The awards acknowledge the hard work and dedication undertaken by local government and its staff to support mobile phone recycling within their community. The top local government collectors in each state are listed below.

New South Wales

  1. Hornsby Shire Council
  2. Randwick City
  3. Lake Macquarie City
  4. Albury City
  5. Wollongong City


  1. Cairns Regional Council
  2. Brisbane City
  3. Sunshine Coast
  4. Maranoa Regional Council
  5. Hobsons Bay City

South Australia

  1. Adelaide Hills Council
  2. City of Onkaparinga
  3. City of Tea Tree Gully
  4. City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  5. City of Mitcham


  1. Launceston City Council
  2. Kingborough Council
  3. West Tamar Council
  4. Meander Valley Council
  5. Waratah Wynyard Council


  1. City of Monash
  2. Moonee Valley City Council
  3. Boroondara City Council
  4. City of Greater Dandenong
  5. Yarra City Council

Western Australia

  1. City of Stirling
  2. City of Canning – Cannington
  3. City of Bunbury
  4. City of South Perth
  5. Augusta Margaret River Shire Council

Head of MobileMuster Spyro Kalos, said: “We welcome the commitment of local councils to partner with MobileMuster, helping deliver a program that is tailored to their community and delivers real environmental benefits.”

With e-waste growing at three times the rate of general waste in Australia, with 24.5 million old mobile phones stockpiled in drawers across the country, it is important to ensure all Australians have access to recycling in their local community. It’s easy to get involved and residents can recycle their old mobiles at one of MobileMuster’s 3,500 drop off points across the country or choose to recycle from home using the free AusPost mailing options.

Everything collected by MobileMuster is recycled for the circular economy. The program recovers over 95% of the material from old phones and accessories through advanced recycling, which are then used in manufacturing of new products thereby reducing the need for virgin materials. All the metal, glass and plastic in your mobile phone has the potential for a second life.