Take Pride in recycling your phone this March

By Emma Lucey 3 March 2023

With huge celebrations across Sydney and beyond for this year’s WorldPride, you may be thinking of ways you can give back to your community.

Mobile Muster has given us a simple way to do just that - and help the environment at the same time! For WorldPride, Mobile Muster is supporting Minus18, and will give $1 for every mobile phone recycled in the month of March, with a guaranteed minimum of $10k.  

Minus18 is an Australian not-for-profit organization that supports and advocates for LGBTQIA+ youth. They provide a range of resources and programs, including events, workshops, online communities, and education initiatives, to help empower and improve the lives of young people who identify as LGBTQIA+. Minus18 aims to create a safe and inclusive society for all, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression.   

Why should you recycle your old phones? 

  In today's fast-paced world, technology is constantly evolvingand many of us find ourselves upgrading our phones frequently. While it's preferable to reduce consumption by only upgrading when necessary, essential upgrades can leave us with a pile of old devices that are no longer in use. Where possible, these should be sold second-hand, donated or passed on to family or friends to maximise their use before end-of-life. For those that are broken or cannot be passed on, recycling is the best option. 

Mobile Muster is an Australian product stewardship program that encourages people to recycle their old mobile phones and accessories for recycling – for free. The program and aims to reduce the environmental impact of discarded phones and accessories by diverting them from landfill and recycling their components.  

In addition to being an environmentally friendly way to dispose of your old phone, recycling with Mobile Muster can also have a positive social impact. The program partners with various charities year-round to provide refurbished phones to people in need. Phones that have been dropped off that are still in good working order are refurbished and distributed to people who may not have access to a phone, such as victims of domestic violence or people experiencing homelessness. 

To recycle your old phone, simply drop it off at one of Mobile Muster's collection points, which can be found at many major mobile phone retailers and local councils across Australia. You can also request a free mailing label to send your old phone in the post. 

Mobile Muster ensures that all items are recycled in an environmentally responsible way, with the aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources. Recycling your old phone with Mobile Muster is an easy way to do your part for the environment and give back to the community. Not only does it help reduce e-waste and conserve resources, but it also provides a valuable resource to those in need.  

So, consider digging out those old phones collecting dust in a drawer anddrop them off for recycling by Mobile Muster. It's a small action that can make a big difference! 


Learn more about Mobile Muster or find a drop-off location near you.  

Emma Lucey
Emma brings experience in digital media and communications with a background in several industries such as tourism and hospitality. Prior to joining Planet Ark in 2022, Emma spent 5 years living abroad in London & Amsterdam where she developed a greater interest in the environment and sustainability. Outside of work Emma enjoys gardening, camping and crocheting.