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MobileMuster Thanks

Lands Building staff - give yourself a pat on the back from MobileMuster for your part in recycling old mobiles and their accessories.

Between July 2013 and June 2014, DPIPWE returned more than 25.4 kilograms of mobile phones, batteries and accessories for recycling.

EPA Sustainability Officer Maree Bakker says the impetus behind collecting the phones is to divert old mobiles away from landfill, as they can contain hazardous materials such as cadmium, lead and mercury.

"Valuable resources such as silver and gold can be extracted, reducing the need to mine such resources. Plastic is also retrieved and recycled from old mobile phones," Maree said.

The MobileMuster recycling bin stands in the ground foyer between the lounges just in front of the Security station. Here’s a picture of Security Officer Ron Waters taking a closer look at what’s been recycled over the past few months. The most recent collection includes an electric toothbrush! Unfortunately, the MobileMuster bin can only take old mobile phones and their accessories. That means items such as electric toothbrushes and alkaline batteries are not accepted.

Every wondered what happens to the mobile phones you put into the MobileMuster recycling bin?

MobileMuster says each and every mobile and accessory is dismantled locally in Australia before being recycled in an environmentally sound way either in Australia or in approved facilities in Singapore and South Korea. Any data left on the handset is destroyed in the recycling process and none were sold for reuse.

MobileMuster is the mobile phone industry’s official product stewardship program. Over the last financial year, MobileMuster collected and recycled 79.885 tonnes of mobile phone components. This includes an estimated 1,003,562 handsets and batteries as well as over 32,073 kilograms of chargers and accessories.

Keep up the good work and remember anyone can recycle their old mobile phone and prevent it from going to landfill.