Recycling Near You - Recycling Mobile Phones
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Don’t let mobiles go to landfill or waste away in your drawers. You can help reduce e-waste by recycling your old mobiles and accessories with MobileMuster.  Simply drop them off at over 3500 public drop off points including all major mobile phone retailers, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile, and Samsung stores.  Find your nearest drop point here.

Or post them in for free by picking up a reply paid satchel at participating AusPost stores, or download the free mailing label.

Mobile phones and accessories can’t be recycled in your general waste bins from council.  Although some councils offer collection points at local libraries and customer service centres, or even at waste transfer stations.  Check in with your local council.

If your mobile is still working then consider extending its life by either selling it online or passing it on to friends and family.  If not longer works and is no longer wanted then it is time to recycle it.  

Whatever you choose to do, remember to remove any data that you can want to keep – visit MobileMuster for tips on how to manage your data.

About Mobile Phones

  • There is an estimated 31 million mobile devices active in Australia.
  • There are approximately over 23 million unused mobile phones hidden in our drawers and cupboards across Australia.  Of those 5 million are broken and no longer working.
  • Over 95% of the resources in mobile phones can be recovered and returned to the supply chain to go back into making new products.
  • Recycling 50,000 mobiles can replace the need to mine 244 tonnes of precious metal ore.

Source: AMTA

Why Recycle Mobiles?

Mobiles phones along with their accessories are not biodegradable, but they are highly recyclable.  On that basis they should not be disposed of in the bin as they contain harmful substances which, if not managed properly, could damage the environment.

Recycling 50,000 handsets can replace the need to mine 244 tonnes of precious metal ore. 

Before you recycle your mobile, make sure to transfer any data off the phone that you would like to keep like music, pictures or documents.  For more tips on managing your data visit MobileMuster.

More Information on Mobile Phone Recycling Programs:

  • MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry.  It is the only not for profit Government accredited mobile phone recycling program.  It was established in 1998 to provide a free take back service for unwanted mobile phones and accessories, ensuring they didn’t end up in landfill.  The program is funded voluntarily buy its members, which include Microsoft, Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel, Oppo, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.
    • Everything collected is recycled to the highest environmental standard.
    • Nothing is ever resold.
    • Any data left on devices is destroyed in the recycling process.
    • For more information visit MobileMuster or call 1300 730 070. 
  • ARP has a mobile phone recycling program that helps raise money for various charities.