Tuesday, 15 December 2015 10:56

Muster your old mobiles for recycling, feed a family for Christmas


The Mobile Muster program is appealing for all to recycle their old, unwanted mobiles, batteries and accessories to help families in need for Christmas 2015.

With Christmas just around the corner, MobileMuster is calling on all Australians to recycle their old mobiles, batteries and accessories and, in turn, help families in need this festive season.

For every kilogram of mobiles and accessories recycled in December and January MobileMuster will give $2 to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

Rose Read, Recycling Manager for Australia’s only government-accredited mobile phone recycling program, MobileMuster, said, “With 22.5 million mobile phones lying idle in homes around Australia, Christmas is the perfect time to dispose of them responsibly, reduce the environmental impact of e-waste and help an Aussie family in need.

“It is important to keep phones out of landfill and put the materials they are made of back into the supply chain for reuse. This festive season there’s no better time to declutter for the New Year, and clear out your home or office of unused electronics, all whilst you help raise funds for the Salvos to distribute toys, food vouchers, hampers and Christmas lunches to Australian homeless and families in need,” added Read.

Now in its second year, the target for this year’s partnership between MobileMuster and The Salvation Army is to collect over 16,000 kilograms of handsets plus their batteries and chargers and give $32,000 to The Salvation Army Christmas Appeal, which will provide meals, hampers and beds for families that would otherwise go without.

Major Paul Hateley, The Salvation Army spokesperson, said “We’re proud to be continuing our partnership with MobileMuster, which like the Salvos delivers real social benefits to our community.

“We’re encouraging Australians to recycle their old mobiles at one of our Salvos Stores, as it will mean the store will also receive an additional $2 for every kilogram of mobiles and accessories they collect. That means $4 for every kilogram will go to help The Salvation Army and Salvos Stores continue their great work with the homeless and families in need.”

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To recycle your old phone, simply drop off your old mobile at your nearest Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, Officeworks or Salvos Stores or post them to MobileMuster using a free recycling satchel, available at Australia Post.

You can go to MobileMuster’s website to find your nearest collection point.

Since the inception of MobileMuster’s program in late 1998, it has reduced the need to mine 29,000 tonnes of precious metal ore, which has environmental benefits equivalent to planting over 57,000 trees, keeping 2,600 cars permanently off the road, preventing 9,400 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions and diverting potentially harmful substances from landfill.

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