MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry and is developed and coordinated by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA). It is funded by 16 of the leading mobile phone manufacturers and network carriers and is the only whole-of-industry and self-funded electronic waste recycling program in the world.
What items can be recycled through the MobileMuster program?
The following components can be collected in mobile muster recycling drop-off locations:
- mobile phones
- mobile phone batteries
- mobile phone accessories (including ear pieces, chargers, car kits, phone covers and any other devices used for a mobile phone)
Where is my nearest MobileMuster drop-off location?
Kogarah Council provides a recycling tube at the following locations:
- Kogarah Town Square Library Foyer, Belgrave Street, Kogarah
- Kogarah Council Customer Service Centre, 2 Belgrave Street, Kogarah
- For further information visit the MobileMuster website
Mobile phone recycling
Who disposes of mobile phones?
Research shows that most people buy a new mobile phone every two years. More than 52% of these people keep their old mobile phones, resulting in an estimated 16 million used mobile phones being stored away in homes and offices around Australia. That's a lot of waste that might eventually be sent to landfill unless it is recycled appropriately. Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products.
Why recycle mobile phones?
Recycling of used mobile phones helps to prevent pollution and protect our environment by minimising the volume of solid and hazardous waste going to landfill. Recycling mobile phone components reduces the need to use raw materials and reduces costs and resource use in the manufacture of new products.
Materials that can be recycled include:
- batteries - include nickel to make stainless steel and cobalt and cadmium to make new batteries
- circuit boards - include small amounts of gold and silver that is used in jewellery and other applications
- handset housings and casings - include plastics that are shredded and used to make fence posts and pallets
- accessories include plastics and metals that are shredded, sorted and then used to make new plastic or metal products.