Australia’s national Mobile Muster mobile phone recycling program has recycled 90 tonnes of mobiles and accessories, and the country’s second largest telco Optus says it has already contributed more than four tonnes, or 53,437 handsets and batteries, in 2018.
Having mustered a stellar recycling performance over the past year, including "growing industry participation and the volume of mobile phone components recycled through the programme", MobileMuster is celebrating 20 years.
New research says Australians "have over 30 million spare, unused mobile phones sitting idle in our drawers", with the number set to soar as eight million new phones will sell during 2017.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association has announced that “HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, has joined MobileMuster".
E-waste in the Asia/Oceania region in 2015 totalled 12.3 million tonnes, 2.4 times the weight of the Great Pyramid of Giza. The first Regional E-waste Monitor: East and Southeast Asia, was compiled by the United Nations University, (UNU) through its Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) Programme and funded by the Japanese Ministry of Environment.
Optus has launched what it describes as an Australian mobile first in 'Trade In, Trade Up', a deal where customers can receive credit on their next phone bill for trading in their old working smartphone.
Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5S and 5C is expected to lead to a huge number of old unwanted mobile phones lying around in the drawers of Australian consumers, with the number of unused phones now outnumbering people.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched an inquiry into the effects on children’s health of unregulated recycling of old mobile phones and other electronic equipment in developing countries.
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