In support of Sydney WorldPride 2023, MobileMuster will give Minus18 $1 for each phone received in March, with a target of 15,000 phones set – that’s $15,000 that will go towards making a difference to the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth in Australia.
Minus18 a grassroots organisation and an Australian charity that is changing the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth all over Australia.
Its three main areas of focus are:
$20 provides a young person with resources on sexuality and gender identity, $50 sends a LGBTQIA+ teen to a life-affirming Queer Formal for free, and $188 equips one Aussie classroom with LGBTQIA+ education resources.
MobileMuster is the carbon neutral product stewardship program of the telecommunications industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all 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 repair, reuse and recycling.
The program accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. Our extensive collection network provides 3,000 public drop off points across the country along with a free post back option.
MobileMuster partners with charities throughout the year to raise much-needed funds and to give consumers another incentive to look for unused mobiles that are sitting around at home that could be put to much better use.
An estimated 26 million old phones are not being actively used and research has shown that we tend to keep them ‘just in case’ or as a back-up while we transition to a new phone, and then forget about them. Of these, 5 million mobiles are actually broken and unusable! So, there is plenty of scope to get these devices back into the circular economy, given that MobileMuster can recover over 95% of the components in a mobile phone through recycling.