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July 31, 2020

MobileMuster is rounding up old mobile phones

In August MobileMuster is partnering with Landcare Australia to provide an added incentive to recycle. Every phone recycled will support Landcare Australia’s important work. All brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories, are accepted and then recycled safely and sustainably. With Australians spending more time at home over the last couple of months they may have discovered a few forgotten old mobile phones and accessories that they are no longer using.

Spyro Kalos, Head of MobileMuster said “There are millions of mobile phones stored in our homes that are no longer being used. We estimate Australians are holding onto 5 million phones* that are no longer working. MobileMuster helps you recycle them and do some good by supporting the environment with Landcare Australia.”

MobileMuster has set a target to recycle over 20,000 mobile phones in August. The funds raised will help Landcare Australia undertake a linear wetland restoration project with the West Torrens community along the Brown Hill Creek in South Australia.Landcare Australia CEO Dr. Shane Norrish said that the partnership with MobileMuster helps to raise awareness of the important work of Landcare groups and other environmental care groups who are active in our communities across Australia.

“The funding from this MobileMuster campaign will help support a riparian restoration project in South Australia which is being delivered in partnership with the City of West Torrens, community groups and the local Indigenous land managers – the Kaurana people.”

Through recycling over 95% of the materials in a mobile phone are recovered. This process reduces the impact of mobile phones on the environment by avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and conserving natural resources.

Recycling an old mobile phone this August is free and easy:

  1. Drop them off at your nearest participating MobileMuster mobile phone retailer or local collection point, or
  2. Recycle from home by ordering a mailing label or using our recycling satchel from Australia Post.
About MobileMuster

MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard. The program is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on why it is important to recycle.

About Landcare

Landcare Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation that works in partnership with multiple stakeholders to support the Landcare community with funding and capacity- building opportunities for on-ground projects. The funding raised supports the Landcare community to achieve a diverse range of positive outcomes. These include a sustainable approach to integrated land management, natural habitat restoration, enhancing biodiversity, building resilience in Australia’s food and farming systems, and creating social cohesion and wellbeing in communities.

*IPSOS, Consumer insights into mobile phone use and recycling (March, 2020). Based on a used sample size of 1000 people Australia-wide. Respondents were randomly selected from an online panel and were aged 16 years + and owned a mobile phone.