August 22, 2019

MobileMuster welcomes new member

vivo Mobile joins MobileMuster as new smartphones hit Australia

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) is pleased to announce that smartphone manufacturer, vivo Mobile, has joined the mobile telecommunications industry’s recycling program, MobileMuster.

“The mobile telecommunications industry is delighted to welcome vivo Mobile, one of the industry’s most innovative and trendsetting brands, to our world-class recycling program,” said Chief Executive Officer of AMTA, Chris Althaus.

“Our members work together to ensure we keep old mobiles out of the general waste stream and recycle them in a responsible, secure and environmentally sound way, placing reusable commodities back into the supply chain.

Vivo Mobile joins major mobile handset manufacturers and the country’s network providers who work in collaboration to provide a free national recycling program to their customers.

Fred Liu, Chief Executive Officer of vivo Mobile Australia, “As we look to enter the Australian market we are excited to join the Government accredited program and offer our customers a sustainable recycling service.”

“Being part of this industry led initiative gives us great confidence that when our customers have finished using their smartphones along with any accessories, they will be recycled to the highest environmental standard.”

Since MobileMuster began in 1998 it has diverted more than 1,400 tonnes of mobiles and accessories from landfill, including over 13 million handsets and batteries. The program recovers over 95% of the materials used in a mobile through recycling and then they are put back into the making of new products, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources.

MobileMuster accepts and recycles all brands and types of mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories, including mobile wifi modems and smart watches.  Everything is recycled, nothing is resold and any data left on mobiles is destroyed through the recycling process.

With over 3,500 drop-off points Australia wide for consumers to recycle their unwanted mobiles and accessories, recycling mobiles in Australia is easy and accessible.

About MobileMuster

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 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. Nothing is resold and any data left on devices is destroyed through the recycling process.

About vivo Mobile

Vivo Mobile is a leading global technology company committed to creating trendsetting smart mobile products and services.  Vivo is devoted to forming a vibrant mobile internet ecosystem, and currently owns and operates an extensive network of research operations.  These centres focus on the development of cutting edge consumer technologies including 5G, AI mobile photography and next generation smart phone design.  Vivo Mobile has over two hundred million users enjoying its mobile products and services around the world.  They operate in 18 markets globally. www.vivo.com/au