Smartphone accessories distributor Cellnet Australia has joined MobileMuster, the mobile telecommunications industry’s product stewardship program.
Managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), MobileMuster has diverted more than 1584 tonnes of mobiles and accessories from landfill since it began in 1998, including nearly 15 million handsets and batteries and tonnes of accessories.
“The mobile telecommunications industry is delighted to welcome Cellnet, one of Australia’s largest distributors and manufacturers of smartphone accessories to our world-class, government accredited program,” AMTA Chief Executive Officer Chris Althaus said.
“Our members work together to reduce the impact of mobile phones and accessories on the planet and ensure they are recycled responsibly when they reach the end of their life.”
Cellnet joins major mobile handset manufacturers and the country’s network providers, who work in collaboration to provide a free national recycling program to their customers.
Cellnet Australia Managing Director Craig Kingshot said joining MobileMuster reinforces the company’s commitment to sustainability and product stewardship.
“As a company, we have begun to remove plastic from our product packaging and are investing in the development of biodegradable products,” he said.
“Being part of this industry led initiative gives us great confidence that when our customers have finished using their smartphone accessories, they will be recycled to the highest environmental standard.”
With over 3500 drop-off points across Australia, MobileMuster recovers over 95 per cent of the materials it collects through recycling.
Materials are then used to manufacture new products – avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting the environment and conserving scarce natural resources.
“Product stewardship is about everyone playing their part, and in the case of MobileMuster it includes the manufacturers of mobile phones and accessories, network carriers and distributors,” Head of MobileMuster Spyro Kalos said.
“MobileMuster highlights how voluntary schemes with high industry participation can work and achieve real social and environmental outcomes.”