MobileMuster is the mobile phone industry's official product stewardship program. It provides a free recycling service Australia wide for all types of mobile phones, batteries chargers and accessories.
Where do I recycle my old mobiles and accessories?
(1) Drop them off at one of the 3,100 local public collection points across Australia including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Samsung, Allphones, Fone Zone, Officeworks, Battery World, Storage King and participating Salvos Stores and local councils. Find your nearest drop off location.
(2) Post them in using either the free post reply paid MobileMuster Recycling Satchel available from Australia Post or by downloading a reply paid mailing label.
MobileMuster also provides a free recycling service including collection bins and pickups to schools, businesses and other organisations. Just register online to receive your MobileMuster collection kit or call 1800 249 113 to find out more.
What happens to the mobile phones?
All of the components are dismantled locally at MobileMuster's recyclers before the plastics, metals and glass are further processed in Australia or at approved facilities in Singapore or South Korea. Over 95% of the materials are recovered and used to make new products. None of the mobiles are sold for reuse.
Mobile phones are not biodegradable and should not been thrown in the bin as they contain small amounts of potentially harmful substances which, if not managed properly, may harm the environment.
One tonne of mobile phone circuits can yield the same amount of precious metals as 110 tonnes of gold ore, 123 tonnes of silver bearing ore and 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore.
What is MobileMuster?
MobileMuster is the official product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry. It is the only not-for-profit Government accredited mobile phone recycling program. Funded voluntarily by Microsoft, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel, OPPO, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.
All recycling is to the highest environmental standards and independently audited by third parties. None of the mobile phones are refurbished or resold.
MobileMuster has developed a curriculum-linked Teachers Guide to help early learning primary and secondary students learn about recycling and the life-cycle of mobile phones. An interactive online MusterKids Zone is also available where students and teachers can access a range of games, videos, environmental calculators and downloads.
For more information, visit MobileMuster at www.mobilemuster.com.au or call the hotline at 1800 249 113.