MobileMuster

Mobile phone waste

MobileMuster recycles all mobile phone components, including all brands of handsets, along with their batteries, chargers and accessories. Free of charge.

Where do I drop them off?

You can either:

Hand them in at over 3500 public drop off points across the country including all the major mobile phone retailers, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile or Samsung stores, or at participating local councils.  Find your nearest drop off here.

Post them in for free by picking up a reply paid satchel at participating AustPost stores or downloading a reply paid mailing label

Schools and workplaces can also participate by running their own MobileMuster collection drive. Contact MobileMuster to register. Once registered MobileMuster can support you with resources to help get the message out to your community and staff.

What happens to the mobile phones?

Everything collected by MobileMuster is recycled to the highest environmental standards.  Nothing is ever resold, and any data left on devices is destroyed in the recycling process.  Over 95% of the material is recovered and returned to the supply chain to go into making new products.

Why should I recycle my mobile?

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.

What is MobileMuster?

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 by 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.com.au or call 1300 730 070.