East Arnhem joins the MobileMuster

East Arnhem Shire Council is now a MobileMuster partner, helping residents of East Arnhem recycle their old mobile phone handsets, batteries & accessories.

MobileMuster is the official national recycling program of the mobile industry in Australia which aims to prevent mobile phones ending up in landfill or littering our communities.

MobileMuster program collects and recycles mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories from a network of over 1000 mobile phone retailers, local councils, government agencies and business drop off points across Australia.

There are an estimated 16 million disused mobile phones cluttering people's homes and offices around Australia. By recycling mobile phones, more that 90% of the materials can be recovered and reused such as plastics, gold, silver, copper and nickel.

By June 2006, 368 tonnes of handsets, batteries and accessories have been collected since the program started. This includes over 2.24 million batteries and handsets.

So when it comes to recycling unused mobile phones, batteries and accessories, the Mobile Muster message is simple "Round 'em up, hand 'em in and do some good!"

Why recycle?

Did you know that:

  • Most people buy a new phone every 2 years.
  • Over 52% people keep their old mobile phones resulting in more than 16 million old mobile phones being stashed away in cupboards and drawers at home and work.
  • More than 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered such as nickel, cadmium, cobalt from batteries; gold, silver, and copper from circuit boards; various plastics and other metals from handsets and accessories.
  • One tonne of circuit boards can yield about the same amount of precious metals as 110 tonnes of gold ore, 124 tonnes of silver bearing ore and 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore. The materials recovered can be used to make batteries, jewellery, stainless steel, plastic pallets and fence posts (Cyclone Composite Posts).
  • Mobile phones don't biodegrade and should not be put in the rubbish bin. Especially batteries that contain cadmium which can potentially harm the environment.

What/Where do I recycle?

Simply bring in your old mobile phones, batteries and accessories and place them in the collection bins located in all East Arnhem Shire Council Community Offices including our Nhulunbuy & Parap Offices. It's that easy!

What happens to them?

All mobiles collected will be sent to AMTA's official recycler in Melbourne where they are dismantled, sorted and separated into circuit boards, batteries, handsets and accessories. These are then processed either locally or overseas for resource recovery.