Recycling your mobile phone helps our beaches too

Date: 26-Jul-11

Recycle your mobile phone before 30 September to help Landcare and Coastcare groups protect our coastline.

MobileMuster is calling on Australians to round up their old and unused mobiles, batteries, chargers and accessories to achieve two great environmental outcomes.

Through the ‘Old phones, more trees' campaign (5 June to 30 September 2011), MobileMuster aims to collect 250,000 handsets and provide up to 25 grants of $2,000 each to volunteer Landcare and Coastcare groups around Australia. The groups will use the funds to undertake vital work to maintain and protect the coastline including, dune restoration, revegetation, weed management and protection of coastal habitat.

This is the fifth year that MobileMuster and Landcare have partnered to run the ‘Old phones, more trees' campaign. Since 2007 the ‘Old phones, more trees' campaign has enabled Landcare groups to plant more than 255,000 trees across Australia and recycle more than 149,000 kilograms of mobile phones and accessories. This year's aim is to collect twice as many handsets as last year.

But not only will Australia's beaches and coastlines benefit from the campaign, you'll also be helping to keep mobiles out of landfill and to conserve valuable resources.

Over 90 % of the materials in a mobile phone can be recycled. Recycling 250,000 old mobiles plus their batteries and chargers will recover enough materials to make 48,000 aluminium cans and more than 2,400 plastic fence posts.  Recovery of these materials will also avoid the need to mine more than 728 tonnes of gold ore, 808 tonnes of silver ore and 178 tonnes of copper sulphide.

For more details on this initiative, click here.  To find a MobileMuster drop-off location, search on for ‘Mobile Phones' in your local area.

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