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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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