Over the past 12 months Hornsby Shire Council has collected 578 kilograms of mobile phones through its recycling centre and MobileMuster drop-off point.
The announcement was made at the Australian Local Government Association’s National General Assembly in Canberra.
MobileMuster Manager Spyro Kalos said the product stewardship scheme partners with nearly 400 councils around Australia and reaches 18 million residents.
“We are proud to partner with councils like Hornsby Shire Council, who represent a community driven to create a vibrant sustainable environment for themselves and future generations to live and work,” Mr Kalos said.
“The awards demonstrate the importance of industry and local government working together to tackle the growing problem of e-waste and making sure it is safely and securely recycled through an accredited program.”
Mr Kalos said it was important to ensure all communities have access to mobile phone recycling, with an estimated 25 million old mobile phones stockpiled in drawers across Australia.
“Local governments are often the first point of contact for residents and small businesses who want to recycle tricky items like their old mobile phones and accessories,” Mr Kalos said.
“In partnership with MobileMuster, councils can help Australians sustainably declutter their old phones, save precious resources and clean up the environment.”
MobileMuster’s Top Local Government Recyclers 2019:
National – Hornsby Shire Council
New South Wales – Hornsby Shire Council
Northern Territory – Darwin City Council
Queensland – Brisbane City Council
South Australia – City of Tea Tree Gully
Tasmania – Burnie City Council
Victoria – Moonee Valley City Council
Western Australia – City of Stirling
MobileMuster’s Top Local Government Recyclers Per Capita 2019:
National – Shire of Mount Marshall
New South Wales – Bellingen Shire Council
Northern Territory – Alice Springs Town Council
Queensland – Douglas Shire Council
South Australia – District Council of Mount Barker
Tasmania – Break O’Day Council
Victoria – Pyrenees Shire Council
Western Australia – Shire of Mount Marshall