Last days to recycle mobile phones as part of World Environment Day trees campaign

Up to 100,000 trees will be planted to regenerate degraded areas as part of the World Environment Day mobile phone recycling initiative, “Old Phones, More Trees” conducted by MobileMuster, the mobile phone industry’s official recycling program.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Chris Althaus, said MobileMuster had partnered Landcare Australia to encourage Australians to help protect their local environments by recycling their old mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories.

“For every mobile phone handed in for recycling, MobileMuster and Landcare Australia will plant a tree,” he said.

“It is a win-win for the environment because it not only helps reduce carbon emissions it also conserves scarce resources, such as gold, copper and silver found in circuit boards and plastics in handset casings that are then turned into useful products such as plastic fence posts, jewellery and stainless steel.

“By using recycled mobile phone materials we can avoid between 60 to 90% of the greenhouse gases that would normally be emitted when making these useful products from raw materials.”

The “Old Phones, More Trees” campaign started on 2 May and finishes this weekend. It is estimated that up to 100,000 mobiles will be handed in for recycling.

It’s not too late to help plant trees by recycling your phone – simply take your old mobiles, batteries, chargers and accessories to your local MobileMuster collection point including: Nokia Care and Motorola Service One Centres; mobile phone retailers Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, 3 Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Crazy Johns, Fone Zone, Allphones; as well as participating local councils; Cartridge World stores; and selected ANZ and Sydney Credit Union branches.

If you can’t get to your local MobileMuster collection point, you can pick up a free recycling satchel at participating Australia Post outlets or by downloading a mailing label from www.mobilemuster.com.au

For more information contact Randal Markey, AMTA, (02) 6239 6555 or 0421 240 550