Local Councils Lift Recycling Game

Enthusiastic partnerships between industry and local councils make Product Stewardship community-friendly

MobileMuster, the mobile phone industry’s product stewardship program, recognised the efforts of local councils who have dramatically increased their collections and helped make recycling more accessible to the community.

Congratulated by Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for Environment and Energy eight councils from across Australia were recognised as Australia’s top recyclers,“Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste issues in Australia and it’s great to see MobileMuster bringing industry and local government together to make it easy to recycle and deliver important environmental benefits to our communities”.

The following councils took out top honours in the awards:

  • National Top Collector per Capita – District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton (SA)
  • New South Wales Top Collector – Hornsby Shire Council
  • Northern Territory Top Collector – Alice Springs Town Council
  • Queensland Top Collector – Queensland - Brisbane City Council
  • Western Australia Top Collector – City of Stirling
  • South Australia Top Collector – City of Onkaparinga
  • Tasmania Top Collector – Burnie City Council
  • Victoria Top Collector - Moonee Valley City Council

Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said: “Whilst council collections have been steadily growing in the last couple of years it’s great to see an even higher lift this year with councils helping inform and educate their residents about recycling.”  

 “In the last year councils have increased their collections by a huge 25% and recycled over 4.5 tonnes of mobiles phone and components through the program,

Over the last decade local government partners have collected 35 tonnes of mobiles phone components for recycling including approximately 420,000 handsets and batteries,

However, with an estimated 23 million old mobile phones sitting in drawers waiting to be recycled, including five million which are broken and no longer working, MobileMuster will continue to work with councils to encourage residents to recycle responsibly” concluded Kalos.

MobileMuster’s Top Councils

New South Wales

  1. Hornsby Shire Council
  2. City of Sydney
  3. Randwick City Council
  4. Lake Macquarie City Council
  5. Burwood Council

Northern Territory

  1. Alice Springs Town Council
  2. East Arnhem Shire Council
  3. West Arnhem Regional Council


  1. Brisbane City Council
  2. Redland City Council
  3. Townsville City Council
  4. Scenic Rim Regional Council
  5. Cairns Regional Council

South Australia

  1. City of Onkaparinga
  2. City of Charles Sturt
  3. City of Tea Tree Gully
  4. City of Mitcham
  5. City of Port Adelaide Enfield


  1. Burnie City Council
  2. Launceston City Council
  3. Glenorchy City Council
  4. Break O’Day Council
  5. Kingborough Council


  1. Moonee Valley City Council
  2. Nillumbik Shire Council
  3. City of Monash
  4. Latrobe City Council
  5. City of Greater Geelong

Western Australia

  1. City of Stirling
  2. City of South Perth
  3. City of Fremantle
  4. City of Cockburn
  5. City of Vincent

Top Collector – Per Capita

  1. District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton, SA
  2. District Council of Kimba, SA
  3. Shire of York, WA
  4. Burwood Council, NSW
  5. Hay Shire Council, NSW


Image credit:  Rolf Fenner (Australian Local Government Association on behalf of District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton, Hornsby Shire Council and Burnie City Council), Councillor Richard Lawrence (Moonee Valley City Council), Councillor John Sipek (Moonee Valley City Council), Mayor Lorraine Rosenberg (City of Onkaparinga), The Hon Tony Abbott MP (Member for Warringah), The Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP (Minister for the Environment and Energy), Mr Spyro Kalos (Recycling Manager, MobileMuster AMTA), Rex Mooney (CEO, Alice Springs Town Council), Councillor Kim Marx (Brisbane City Council) and Mayor Giovanni Italiano (City of Stirling).

22 June 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.


Final NTP results cannot confirm mobile phone cause cancer in humans

The long awaited final results of the decade-spanning US National Toxicology Program on radiofrequency energy exposure has found no consistent effects in male and female mice and rats exposed to mobile phone signals for their whole life (2 years). However, in a sub-section of the study, researchers found that at the highest doses for the longest periods of time, cellphone radiation might cause a rare cancer in male rats. “High exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumours in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, but not female rats or any mice, according to draft studies from the National Toxicology Program (NTP),” said a press release from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences where the program is headquartered.

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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.