Official recycling program of the mobile phone industry
Shire of Kojonup Gets Behind
National Mobile Phone Recycling Initiative
Recycling your old mobile phone is now easier, with the Shire of Kojonup joining the nationwide MobileMuster programme.
There is a collection point at the Shire office and local residents are encouraged to clean out their drawers of unwanted mobile phone, batteries and accessories.
MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry, and is funded by 16 leading mobile phone manufacturers and network carriers.
“Our goal is to raise community participation and lift our recycling levels by 2013” says Rose Read, Manager of Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association national recycling program, MobileMuster.
“We are calling on all local residents to clean out their drawers of all old and unwanted mobile phones and batteries, and bring them down to the Shire of Kojonup and drop them in the recycling boxes,” Ms Read added.
Key mobile phone recycling facts
(figures current at 31 December 2009)
- There are over 21 million mobile phone subscribers
There are over 3,500 MobileMuster collection points across Australia, including Nokia Care and Motorola Service One Centres; mobile phone retailers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Crazy Johns, Fone Zone, Allphones as well as participating local councils, Cartridge World stores, Battery World stores and Sydney Credit Union branches.
- Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months
- 80% of people choose to keep or give away their old mobile phones, less than 2% throw them out
- There is an estimated 14 – 16 million old and unused mobile phones stashed away in cupboards and drawers at home and work
- Net imports of mobile phones into Australia for 2008/09 were 7.86 million units. This is equivalent to 1,573 tonnes (assuming average unit weight of 200g – handset, battery, charger and accessory included)
- In 2008/2009 MobileMuster collected 122 tonnes of mobile phone components including 806,000 handsets and batteries, 26% more than in 2007/08
- 647 tonnes of handsets, batteries, chargers and accessories have been collected since the recycling program was initiated by AMTA in 1999. This includes 4.43 million batteries and handsets
- 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
- Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain small amounts of potentially harmful substances which if not managed properly may harm the environment
- MobileMuster is a whole of industry not for profit program that is funded voluntarily by handset and accessory manufacturers Nokia, Motorola, Samsung Electronics, HTC, LG Electronics, Sony Ericsson, Sharp, I-Mate, Force Technology and network carriers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 Mobile, Virgin Mobile and AAPT
- All recycling of mobile phone components is to the highest environmental standards.
- None of the mobiles are refurbished or resold.
A MobileMuster recycling point can now be found at
Shire of Kojonup Office, 93 Albany Highway Kojonup WA 6395