MobileMuster celebrates council recycling efforts

MobileMuster celebrates council recycling efforts

MobileMuster announced the winners of its 2016 Local Government Recycling Awards at a special event this week.

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government, Paul Fletcher, presented the awards to eight councils at the National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra on 21 June.

As the mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling scheme, MobileMuster works with more than 360 local councils around Australia to promote and collect mobile phones for recycling.

Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said: “Councils play a major role in helping us educate and provide convenient drop-off locations within their community.”

The following councils took out top honours in the awards ceremony:

  • National Top Collector (kg) – City of Sydney (NSW)
  • National Top Collector per Capita – District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton (SA)
  • State Top Collector (kg) – New South Wales – City of Sydney
  • Territory Top Collector (kg) – Northern Territory – Alice Springs Town Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Queensland – Brisbane City Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Western Australia – Mindarie Regional Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – South Australia – City of Onkaparinga
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Tasmania – Break O’Day Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Victoria – Moonee Valley City Council.

Over the past decade councils have helped recycle thousands of tonnes valuable resources with over 90 per cent of the materials in mobile phones being recovered.

“Our local government partners have collected nearly 30 tonnes of mobiles phone components for recycling including approximately 158,000 handsets, 210,000 batteries and 10,700kg of accessories since 2007.”

“In the 12 months to April 2016 alone, local councils increased their collections and recycled over 3,640kgs of mobiles, batteries, chargers and accessories with MobileMuster” said Kalos.

“However, with an estimated 25.5 million old mobile phones sitting in drawers either broken or unused around Australia, there is a lot of potential e-waste that could end up in landfill if not recycled,” said Kalos.

Councils not currently participating in the MobileMuster program can find information on its website or by phoning 1800 249 113.