Don't let mobiles go to landfill or gather dust in a drawer! Help address the e-waste epidemic by recycling your used mobile phones and accessories. Simply drop them into a participating location.
Mobile Phones and mobile batteries cannot be recycled in your council recycling bins. There are a number of mobile phone recycling programs that you can get involved in that will help to protect our environment and conserve our natural resources.
What is MobileMuster?
MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the Federal Government.
It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers (Alcatel, Apple, HMD Global, HTC, Huawei, Google, Motorola, Oppo, Samsung, Vigo Mobile Australia, ZTE) and network carriers (Optus, Telstra, TPG Telecom).
MobileMuster is a not-for-profit program and provides a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard.
Go for Zero!
There are an estimated 5 million unused mobile phones around Australia. This March, you can help MobileMuster get that number down to zero by recycling your old or broken mobile phones. Join the Go for Zero campaign!
Where do I drop off my phone and accessories?
You can recycle your mobile phones and accessories at any one of the 3,500 MobileMuster public drop-off points. They are located at all local Optus, Telstra, Vodafone and Officeworks stores, simply ask the staff for details instore for help.
You can also or head on over to our Phones page to search for your nearest MobileMuster collection point in your area. MobileMuster partners will many councils, workplaces and repair stores throughout the country.
If you prefer to recycle from home you can pick up a free recycling satchel from AusPost or order one from MobileMuster.
Why should I recycle my phone?
Do not throw your old mobiles in the rubbish as they are not biodegradable and contain small amounts of potentially harmful substances that if not managed properly may harm the environment. By recycling your old mobile phones, plastics and metals are recovered and recycled and you are reducing potential greenhouse gas emissions.
What happens to the phones?
All mobile phone components are recycled to the highest environmental standards. None are refurbished or resold. Over 95% of the plastics and metals in the mobiles are recovered and used to make plastic fence posts, stainless steel and jewellery.
By using these recycled products, rather than the raw materials, greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Recycling 50,000 mobiles saves 99 tonnes of mineral resources and 19 tonnes of CO2 emissions. To find out how much impact you’re making from recycling your phone visit the MobileMuster Calculator.