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Recycling old phones = more trees

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Layne Beachley urges Aussies to recycle old mobiles and help regenerate coastline.

Layne Beachley

World champion surfer Layne Beachley is encouraging all Australians to dig through their drawers at home and to hand in their old and unused mobiles to MobileMuster.

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It's time to dig through your drawers at home and hand over those useless mobile phones you've long been hoarding away. MobileMuster, the mobile phone industry’s official recycling program, is aiming to collect 250,000 handsets and plant up to 25,000 trees around Australia’s coastline with their 2011 'Old phones, more trees' campaign from now until 30 September.

“Over 19 million Australians live within 50 kilometres of the coast and there are 19 million old and broken mobile phones lying in Australian homes unused. It seems we Aussies love the beach and holding onto our old mobiles,” says Layne Beachley, world champion surfer, who has joined MobileMuster and Landcare Australia to give our coastline a helping hand during this years campaign.

The seven time world champion surfer says it’s hard to beat an Aussie beach, however many areas along Australia’s iconic coastline are in need of a helping hand. “Australia has some of the most unique coastal environments in the world. However, dune erosion, weeds and over-use can have a real impact on the health of the great beaches and coastal areas that we all love and enjoy.”

Recycling 250,000 old mobiles plus their batteries and chargers will recover enough materials to make 48,000 aluminium cans and more than 2,400 plastic fence posts. MobileMuster will donate 25 grants of $2,000 each to Landcare Australia and Coastcare groups. The funding provided the groups to maintain and protect the coastline through dune restoration, revegetation, weed management and the protection of vital coastal habitats.

Beachley is encouraging all Australians to dig through their drawers at home and to hand in their old and unused mobiles to MobileMuster. “Every old mobile phone recycled with MobileMuster will enable Landcare and Coastcare groups to make real a difference to our coastline. The campaign will also keep old mobiles out of landfill and recover over 90 per cent of the materials in the phones to make new products,” she says.

“By recycling your old mobiles at one of our drop-off points you will be helping plant 25,000 trees around our coastline; it’s that easy and won’t cost you a cent,” says MobileMuster Manager, Recycling, Rose Read.

The campaign runs until 30 September 2011.

Recycling an old mobile phone is free and easy, simply:
1. Hand ‘em in at your mobile phone retailer / MobileMuster local collection point - to find your nearest one go to www.mobilemuster.com.au or call 1300 730 070

2. Post ‘em in by either picking up a free MobileMuster recycling satchel from Australia Post or printing off a reply paid mailing label from www.mobilemuster.com.au