Hornsby Shire takes out fourth MobileMuster title

Hornsby Shire Council winning their fourth MobileMuster title

The residents of Hornsby Shire in New South Wales have recycled 670 kilograms of mobile phones and accessories over 12 months to take out their fourth MobileMuster national title.

MobileMuster, one of Australia’s leading e-waste stewardship programs, recognises its most successful council partners in each state or territory each year, as well as one overall winner.

At the Hornsby Shire Council’s Community Recycling Centre in Thornleigh, the equivalent of 4058 handsets and batteries were collected, conserving 7.6 tonnes of mineral resources once recycled.

Philip Ruddock, Hornsby Shire Mayor, said he was thrilled to see the shire win the award again and thanked those who had supported the initiative.

“Hornsby Shire is going from strength to strength, recycling more each year,” he said. “To achieve the MobileMuster national title for a fourth time is a testament to our community’s commitment to the environment and residents’ willingness to take positive steps that benefit us all.”

Spyro Kalos, Head of MobileMuster acknowledged the significant work local councils do to support recycling in the community.

“Our local council partners play a crucial role in educating the community on why and how to recycle, along with providing easily accessible drop off sites,” he said. “With e-waste a growing waste stream, now more than ever our local council partners are an important part of the solution.”

In 2022, MobileMuster’s local council partners across the country collected more than 5.8 tonnes of mobile phones and accessories – including more than 35,000 handsets and batteries.

MobileMuster estimates the environmental benefits of recycling those devices is equivalent to planting 334 trees, avoiding 12.86 tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions.

Other leading councils for each jurisdiction include East Arnhem Shire Council (NT), Brisbane City Council (QLD), City of Onkaparinga (SA), Launceston City Council (TAS), City of Monash (VIC) and City of Stirling (WA).

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