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Can Social Causes Motivate us to Recycle More?

Spyro Kalos
Manager Recycling - MobileMuster, AMTA

What we know today is every person in Australia generates 23 kilograms of e-waste per year, along with this there are over 25 million old mobiles stored in our homes and in the workplace. That sure does sound like a lot of e-waste cluttering up our homes. You would think that recycling would be a priority for most of us. Not only does recycling help recover much needed precious resources that can be reused, but it also helps us declutter – that in itself will make us feel good.

So then why aren’t more Australians recycling, why are we holding onto old, broken and unwanted gadgets? In fact regardless of the type of electronics you have stored in your home, over 95% of the material can be recovered through recycling. Many of us know recycling is a good thing, good for our mental health along with great for the environment, research conducted by MobileMuster shows that 80% or more of Australians know that they can recycle their mobiles. 

Can partnering with social causes and charities help to incentivise people and give them another reason why they should declutter and recycle? I can tell you that recycling is a good thing, but maybe I am preaching to the converted. To grow our recycling effort MobileMuster has to find ways to encourage recyclers and non-recyclers. MobileMuster has been using charity partnerships for almost 10 years. The role the partnerships play is twofold, they help drive awareness of mobile phone recycling and MobileMuster, along with the charity, but they also help increase the recycling of mobile phones and accessories.

The full article complete with insights and references to other partnerships eg. Landcare, Oxfam, Salvation Army and Able Australia, can be found on the MobileMuster website.

This is an extract of an article written by Spyro Kalos, Manager Recycling at MobileMuster and originally published in Inside Waste on 1 March 2017. It is republished here with permission by Mayfam Media

14 March 2014

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AMTA welcomes deployment regulation amendments

The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes the announcement today from the Minister for Communications and the Arts, Mitch Fifield, regarding the progression of 10 reforms to the regulations governing the deployment of wireless and mobile networks in Australia; as well as further consultation on 11 other proposed reforms. In welcoming the announcement, AMTA Chief Executive, Chris Althaus noted the Government’s reform package will go some way towards enabling the deployment of the next generation 5G mobile networks which are expected to bring significant improvements in speed, quality and capacity for Australia’s data hungry consumers.  But he also noted there was still more to do. “This is a welcome and very important first step - in what we hope will be an ongoing engagement with government and stakeholders to develop a dynamic regulatory framework to meet the deployment challenges of next generation networks.

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5G gains momentum in 2018

AMTA is confident that the Government's 5G priorities will add momentum to our ongoing efforts to engage with industry verticals and the respective government departments outside of the communications portfolio with regard to the broader economic and social benefits of 5G.

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AMTA Annual Report 2017

In 2017, the strong demand for mobile services continues to have an impact on our economy and society as the industry shifts its focus in preparation for 5G, the next generation of mobile technology. AMTA’s latest Annual Report includes the following highlights: As industry prepares for 5G the need for regulatory reform in spectrum management and network infrastructure deployment is increasingly urgent. 5G Mobile – Enabling Businesses and Economic Growth Report by Deloitte Access Economics found that 5G is expected to further drive Australia’s digital economy. It will add to the already significant (and growing) $34 billion in long-term productivity benefits from mobile; and annual network spend from mobile providers is expected to reach $5.7 billion in FY2017-18. The MCF has focused on an agenda of legislative reform to support the efficient and flexible deployment of network infrastructure.