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Revealed: Top Local Council Recyclers

From the northern coast of East Arnhem land to Burnie in Tasmania, over thirty local councils from around Australia are in the running for a Top Recycler award in this year’s MobileMuster Local Government Awards.* The top recyclers will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra in June 2017.

MobileMuster, Australia’s only government accredited, not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program has been working with local councils for over 10 years to encourage the community to recycle. The awards recognise the successful partnerships the program has developed to make recycling accessible and community-friendly.

MobileMuster partners with 360 councils around Australia to help divert thousands of tonnes of non-renewable resources out of landfill each year, and back into the manufacture of new products.

“Councils play an important role in offering convenient public drop-off points and educating the community on how to recycle responsibly.  Over the last 10 years local councils have collected almost 30 tonnes of mobile phone components including approximately 158,000 handsets and 210,000 batteries,” says Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster.

About the Awards

The awards are based on the council who has collected the most mobile phone components for recycling between 1 May 2016 and 30 April 2017. The Top Collector in each state and territory as well as a Top Collector Per Capita will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra in June 2017.

*The current top local council collectors in each state and territory  based on collections received between 1 May 2016 and 28 February 2017. Councils have until the end of April to organise their final collections so they can be counted towards their total collections.

Award Category

Current Top Collectors (in alphabetical order)

New South Wales

City of Sydney

Hornsby Shire Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Lismore City Council

Randwick City Council

Northern Territory

Alice Springs Town Council

East Arnhem Shire Council

West Arnhem Regional Council


Brisbane City Council

Central Highlands Regional Council

Redland City Council

Scenic Rim Regional Council

Western Downs Regional Council

Western Australia

City of Bunbury

City of Cockburn

City of Fremantle

City of South Perth

City of Stirling

South Australia

City of Charles Stuart

City of Mount Gambier

City of Onkaparinga

City of Port Adelaide Enfield

City of Tea Tree Gully


Burnie City Council

Glenorchy City Council

Launceston City Council

West Tamar Council


City of Monash

Latrobe City Council

Moonee Valley City Council

Moreland City Council

Nillumbik Shire Council

If your council doesn’t currently participate in the MobileMuster program and is interested in getting involved visit the council pages on our website or call 02 8920 3555. Once registered MobileMuster can provide you with free collection units tailored for admin centres, libraries and waste transfer sites, plus resources to promote the program. Positive partnerships with local councils are a key factor in MobileMuster’s success.

Image credit: community recycling station at Surry Hills Library, City of Sydney, which includes mobile phone recycling.

30 March 2017





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.


How will 5G improve network performance

While the technical standards for 5G are still being developed, experts agree that 5G will offer: Latency of less than 1ms; Ability to deliver speeds of up to 10 Gbps and beyond; Energy efficiency in running 1000s of devices; and Improved network capacity by enabling millions of low bandwidth devices to connect simultaneously. Where 4G focussed on providing improved speed and capacity for individual mobile phone users, 5G will enable more industrial applications, and could be a major technological driver in industrial digitalisation. For more information about 5G read our latest report from Deloitte Access Economics. Download the complete report.