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March 22, 2019

Who will be our top local government recyclers?

From Cairns Regional Council in far north Queensland to The Shire of Esperance in Western Australia, over thirty local councils from around Australia are in the running for a Top Recycler award in this year’s MobileMuster Local Government Awards.* The top recyclers will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra in June 2019.

A hand placing an old phone in a community recycling station.

MobileMuster has been working with local government for over 12 years to encourage the community to recycle. With a growing need for community education and advice around recycling and sustainability practices in Australia, positive partnerships with councils are a key factor to MobileMuster’s success.

The awards recognise the successful partnerships the program has developed to make recycling accessible and community-friendly. Councils play an important role in offering convenient public drop-off points and educating the community on how to recycle responsibly.

“Over the last 12 years local councils have collected over 42 tonnes of mobile phone components which equates to approximately 570,000 handsets and batteries,” says Spyro Kalos, Manager, MobileMuster.

MobileMuster currently partners with nearly 400 councils around Australia to help divert thousands of tonnes of non-renewable resources out of landfill each year, and back into the manufacture of new products. For more information on how your council can partner with MobileMuster contact us.

About the Awards

The awards are based on the council who has collected the most mobile phone components for recycling between 1 May 2018 and 30 April 2019. The Top Collector in each state and territory as well as a Top Collector Per Capita will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra in June 2019.

*The current top local council collectors in each state and territory (in alphabetical order) based on collections received between 1 May 2018 and 28 February 2019. Councils have until the end of April to organise their final collections so they can be counted towards their total collections.

Current Top Collectors (in alphabetical order)
New South Wales
  • Hornsby Shire Council
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • Randwick City Council
Northern Territory
  • Alice Springs Town Council
  • Darwin City Council
  • Litchfield Council
  • Brisbane City Council
  • Cairns Regional Council
  • Noosa Shire Council
  • Sunshine Coast Council
  • Townsville City Council
Western Australia
  • City of Bayswater
  • City of Canning
  • City of Stirling
  • Mindarie Regional Council
  • Shire of Esperance
South Australia
  • City of Mitcham
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • District Council of Mount Barker
  • Break O’Day Council
  • Burnie City Council
  • Glenorchy City Council
  • Latrobe Council
  • City of Boroondara
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Latrobe City Council
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Yarra City Council