MobileMuster gets green tick

Green Lifestyle

This morning, a green tick of approval was given to Australia's longest running, not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program.

Rose Read, Recycling Manager

Rose Read, Recycling Manager at the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

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MobileMuster, a program offering free recycling for all mobile phones in Australia, has been formally accredited by the federal government as the first voluntary product stewardship scheme.

Rose Read, Recycling Manager at the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), said that the announcement “recognises the leadership role MobileMuster has played over the past 16 years and our expertise in developing best practice, ethical recycling programs”.

Since MobileMuster began, over 8.8 million handsets and batteries have been recycled, plus 550,000 kg of accessories – which equates to nearly 1,100 tonnes of mobile phone and accessory e-waste.

This resource recovery has reduced the need to mine 36,295 tonnes of precious metal ore – the equivalent of planting 53,000 trees – while at the same time diverting tonnes of potentially harmful substances from landfill.

This is the first federal government accreditation of its kind and is a major step in setting the benchmark for all other product stewardship programs in Australia.

Hakan Eriksson, Deputy Chair of AMTA, said that, “our members and partners work tirelessly to ensure that the promotion, collection, transportation and recycling of old mobiles is done with transparency and accountability.

“MobileMuster has some of the highest rates of recovery in any recycling program across the world,” added Mr Eriksson.

MobileMuster and its members have committed to increase available collection rates from 87 tonnes to 127 tonnes per year over the next five years.

In the only case of complete industry-wide cooperation on recycling in Australia, MobileMuster has been supported from the outset by a strong partnership between all device manufacturers and mobile network operators in the country. The not-for-profit program is funded solely by Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Force Technology, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.

“We see MobileMuster’s accreditation as not only recognition of our members and collection partners efforts over the years, but also a rededication of their commitment in the years to come,” said Ms Read.

“The program proudly promises to all Australians that if they recycle their old mobile with us, we will keep it out of landfill.”