The Australian National University is the first university in Australia to implement the mobile phone recycling program MobileMuster.

A total of 194 mobile phone products, including 134 handsets, were collected from staff and students during the first four weeks of the muster, which is an initiative of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).

Barry Hughes from the University’s environmental office ANUgreen said the launch had been a success – meaning that the 90 per cent of recyclable material in mobile phone handsets could be converted into new products such as jewellery, fence posts and stainless steel.

“The level of commitment from staff and students at ANU and CSIRO has been excellent. We hope to collect a lot more mobiles during the year at our permanent drop-off points at University House Supermarket, ANU Bakery, the Co-op Bookshop on campus, and God’s Café,” he said.

“To help launch MobileMuster on campus, anyone who recycled their mobiles during the first four weeks went into the draw to win one of two mobile phones donated by Motorola."

The two winners were announced at an awards ceremony at the ANUgreen office.

AMTA CEO Chris Althaus applauded ANU for leading the way on mobile phone recycling at universities, and encouraged other educational institutions to join the program.

“Research has indicated more than 12 million unused phones are stored in drawers and cupboards across the country. These are not biodegradable and should not be thrown in the rubbish bin, where potentially they could harm the environment,” he said.

“By recycling their old mobile phones, batteries and accessories, ANU staff and students are saving valuable resources and protecting the environment.”

WHAT: ANU MobileMuster Awards Ceremony

WHERE: ANUgreen Office, John Yencken Building, Sullivans Creek Road, ANU

WHEN: 11.30am, Wednesday, 15 March 2006


ANU Media Office: Simon Couper (02) 6125 4174, 0416249241

AMTA Communications: Randal Markey (02) 6239 6555, 0421240550