MobileMuster is the official national recycling program of the mobile industry in Australia.
Initiated voluntarily by the mobile telecommunications industry in 1999, its overall aim is to prevent mobile phones ending up in landfill.
The MobileMuster program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories from a network of more than 1000 mobile phone retailers, local councils, government agencies and business drop off points across Australia.
There are an estimated 16 million disused mobile phones cluttering people's homes and offices around Australia. By recycling mobile phones, more that 90 percent of the materials can be recovered and reused, such as plastics, gold, silver, copper and nickel.
The program is solely funded by Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) membered, including:
- handset manufacturers - LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NEC, Panasonic, Sagem, Samsung, Sharp, Sony Ericsson and RF Industries;
carriers - Hutchinson Telecommunications, Optus, Telstra and Vodafone; and
service providers - AAPT and Virgin Mobile.
The recycling service is free to consumers and the organisations that collect phones on behalf of AMTA like mobile phone retailers, councils, businesses, etc. Each participant of the MobileMuster is eligible for promotional materials and a free pick up service per site.
By June 2006, 368 tonnes of handsets, batteries and accessories had been collected since the program started. This included more than 2.24 million batteries and handsets.
When it comes to recycling unused mobile phones, batteries and accessories, the MobileMuster message is simple - 'Round 'em up, hand 'em in and do some good!'
Key mobile recycling facts:
- Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months, meaning there are approximately 16 million unused phones stashed away at home or in the office;
more than 90 percent of materials in mobile phones can be received, such as nickel, cadmium, cobalt, gold, silver, copper, plastics and other materials; and
one tonne of mobile phone circuit boards can yield about the same amount of precious metals as 110 tonnes of gold ore or 123 tonnes of silver bearing ore and 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore.
MobileMuster in Moira
Moira Shire Council offices have now set up a MobileMuster collection facility at the following locations:
- Administration Centre, 44 Station Street, Cobram;
Service Centre, 100 Belmore Street, Yarrawonga;
Visitor Information Centre, 99 Melville Street, Numurkah; and
- Barmah Forest Heritage and Education Centre, Blake Street, Nathalia.
Other businesses within the Moira Shire also support the MobileMuster program and they can be found at the MobileMuster website.