MobileMuster partners with Landcare throughout August

MobileMuster is partnering with Landcare Australia to provide an added incentive to recycle mobile phones throughout August.

The federally accredited product stewardship program has set a target to recycle over 20,000 mobile phones in August.

Funds raised will help Landcare Australia undertake a linear wetland restoration project with the West Torrens community along the Brown Hill Creek in South Australia.

With Australians spending more time at home in recent months, Head of MobileMuster Spyro Kalos said people may have discovered forgotten old mobile phones and accessories that they are no longer using.

“There are millions of mobile phones stored in our homes that are no longer being used,” he said.

“We estimate Australians are holding onto five million phones* that are no longer working. MobileMuster helps you recycle them and do some good by supporting the environment with Landcare Australia.”

Through recycling, over 95 per cent of the materials in a mobile phone are recovered.

“This process reduces the impact of mobile phones on the environment by avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and conserving natural resources,” Kalos said.

Landcare Australia CEO Shane Norrish said the partnership will help raise awareness of the important work of Landcare and other environmental care groups.

“The funding from this MobileMuster campaign will help support a riparian restoration project in South Australia, which is being delivered in partnership with the City of West Torrens, community groups and the local indigenous land managers – the Karuna people,” Norrish said.

*IPSOS, Consumer insights into mobile phone use and recycling (March, 2020). Based on a used sample size of 1000 people Australia-wide. Respondents were randomly selected from an online panel and were aged 16 years + and owned a mobile phone.

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