Mobile Phone Recycling
There are at least 30 million mobile phone subscribers currently in Australia. There are also more than 23 million unused phones hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia, that’s one old phone for every Australian. That’s the equivalent of 2,450 tonnes of metals, minerals, plastic and glass – things that the planet desperately needs us to recycle. With the average person replacing their mobile phone every 18-24 months.
Mobiles should never be thrown out. They are not biodegradable, and may contain some potentially environmentally hazardous material. Did you know that recycling 50,000 handsets can replace the need to mine 110 tonne of gold ore, 123 tonne of silver bearing ore or 11 tonne of copper sulphide ore.
When recycled, over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products. The materials recovered can be used to make everything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products. Everything collected is recycled to the highest environmental standard for resource recovery with nothing being resold. We do encourage deleting or removing any data that you want to keep from your SIM card or mobile phone, although any data left on the device is destroyed in the recycling process.
Mobile Phones can be recycled at all of Murrumbidgee Council's branch offices which are located at:
- 39 Brolga Place, Coleambally
- 21 Carrington Street, Darlington Point
- 35 Jerilderie Street, Jerilderie
Phones recycled at the Council offices are sent on to two organisations, MobileMuster and the YOU CAN Campaign.
MobileMuster is the official product stewardship program of the telecommunications industry in Australia and accepts all brands of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. More information on MobileMuster can be found by visiting www.mobilemuster.com.au (link is external)
The mobiles collected at Jerilderie are sent to the YOU CAN Campaign, money raised from the collection of these mobile phones is put towards building specialised Youth Cancer Centres. More information can be found on their website http://youcan.org.au/how-it-works/about-phone-recycling/