Recycle the right way

Repair. Reuse. Recycle.

Are you one of the many Australians who has a mobile phone or 2 squirreled away in your bottom sock drawer, but you want to recycle today and do good for tomorrow? You’ve come to the right place.

Did you know?

  • There are 26 million phones that currently remain in storage, with almost 5 million of these being unusable.
  • More than 8 million Australians have trusted MobileMuster to recycle their old phones.
  • Through MobileMuster’s carbon neutral program, more than 95% of materials are recovered, and yes, we recycle your plastic phone cases too.
  • All mobile phones collected by MobileMuster are recycled. Nothing is reused or resold.

Why recycle through MobileMuster… Why recycle at all?

MobileMuster is the mobile telecommunications industry’s product stewardship program. It is a voluntary, not-for-profit scheme that is funded by all the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide Australians with a free mobile phone recycling program.

The award-winning scheme is accredited by the Australian government, which means it has the government’s stamp of approval as it achieves sustainable outcomes, aligns with circular economy principles, and has high industry support.

When you recycle, you reduce the need to extract and use raw materials, saving our natural resources in the process. Recycling also improves air quality by reducing demand for power used in mining, refining, processing, and shipping of raw materials. Additionally, recycling prevents pollution and minimises hazardous waste going to landfill.

 

What we accept

MobileMuster collects:

  • All makes and models of mobile phones, including their batteries and accessories (cases, chargers, SIM cards, cables, headsets)
  • Mobile wireless Wi-Fi devices (dongles), modems and routers
  • Home landline phones
  • TV streaming devices such as Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, and Google Chromecast
  • Wearables (smart watches, smart pens, tracking tags, and VR headsets)
  • Apple, Amazon, and Google smart speakers and smart digital hubs.

We need to talk about data

Despite 75% of the population being aware of the mobile phone recycling program in Australia, only 1 in 3 of us have recycled a phone in the past. According to independent research, a significant proportion of people who hold onto their old phones rather than recycle them have data concerns, which include a lack of confidence in transferring or saving data from the old phone or not knowing how to delete personal information. These are valid concerns.

Before you drop your phone off for recycling, check out our easy-to-follow guides and videos that take you through the steps to delete or transfer data.

Been there, done that, but still worried that there may be some data left on your phone? The great news is, any data left on your phone is destroyed during the recycling process.

If you need help with your data we have developed some useful resources that can be found here.

What happens when you recycle?

Follow the journey of what happens when you drop off your mobile phone for recycling at a MobileMuster collection point. You will see how the phones are dismantled and discover the materials that can be recovered. We will show you how recycling efforts — big and small — have a lasting, positive impact on our environment.

Join the recyclers club

Ready to do good for tomorrow and join the ever-growing recyclers club?

Anyone can recycle their old mobile phones and accessories, modems, landline phones and more by either dropping them off at one of our 3,000 collection points across the country or by choosing 1 of 3 free mailing options.

Don’t forget to pack the right way

For the safety of our staff and partners it is imperative that you adhere to our packing instructions to ensure the safe transportation of mobiles phones, their batteries, chargers and accessories. For more information, our packing guidelines can be found here.