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FULL LAUNCH VIDEO: MobileMuster reaches 21 year milestone, 'changing the world one mobile at a time' Featured

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Australia's government-accredited mobile recycling program, MobileMuster, has revealed the significant progress it has made in positive impacting the environment over 21 years with the release of its 2019 Annual Report.

MobileMuster. Since 1998, the program has collected and recycled nearly 1,500 tonnes of mobiles and accessories, comparable to the weight of 250 African elephants, including over 14 million handsets and batteries. 

The organisation has just released its detailed, 20-page 2019 Annual Report (PDF link), where a huge range of stats, facts and figures are detailed.

For example, this year alone, MobileMuster collected and recycled 84.1 tonnes of mobiles, their batteries, chargers and accessories and through the process, recovered metals, glass and plastics, averting 188 tonnes of CO2 emissions – the equivalent of planting 4,840 trees.

We're told that through the program’s recycling processes, "over 95% of the material from mobiles and accessories are recovered and used in the manufacturing of new products, reducing the need for virgin materials. All the metal, glass and plastic in mobile phones have the potential for a second life".

Spyro Kalos, Manager of MobileMuster, said: “The greatest environmental benefit of recycling our mobile phones is the conservation of energy and natural resources and the reduced pollution as a result of using recycled material.

“What makes mobiles so unique, compared to other waste, is that they are highly valued from a recycling perspective due to the strong markets for the commodities recovered from mobiles. Our aim is to achieve zero waste to landfill, that means no mobiles will be disposed of in the general waste stream, ensuring all components are recycled to the highest environmental standards.”

Here's the full video of the report's launch and the acknowledgement of the 21-year milestone - the article continues thereafter, please read on!

The organisation tells us that its role "has evolved over the years as technology has advanced and along with it, consumer expectations. Since the program began in 1988, MobileMuster has made significant progress in educating consumers on the value of reuse, repair and recycling of mobile phones, with one in three Australians having recycled a mobile phone since the program began.

"Mobile phones have enabled the convergence of many different technologies, replacing many other devices such as cameras, music players and even books. They have also become an essential part of Australians’ everyday lives with nearly nine out of ten Australians owning a smartphone and spending an average of three hours every day on their device".

Kalos continued: “More Australians than ever are now aware that they can recycle their mobile phones through our program, but we have more to do in helping mobile phone users overcome the barriers to reuse and recycle. The program’s success comes from the collective efforts of our partners and communities. We are committed to maintaining a high level of awareness and transparency in the recycling process to get more people recycling through MobileMuster.”

The celebration of MobileMuster's 21 years was attended by Jane van Beelen, AMTA Chair and Telstra’s Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs and the Hon MP Trevor Evans, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management.

MobileMuster Celebrates 21 Years from MobileMuster on Vimeo.

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