November 12, 2018
Are you hanging on to your old broken mobile phone or another device because you don’t know how to deal with your personal data? Some handy tips can help you feel secure about letting go of your device and get it recycled.
E-waste is one of the fastest growing waste streams in Australia, as the latest models of devices are released to market there is an ever growing amount of old and broken models piling up in garages, cupboards and drawers in Australian households.
The Australian government and manufacturers are working together to keep e-waste out of landfill and back into circulation by recycling their valuable resources. Product stewardship programs such as MobileMuster and the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provide free and easy access for the public to recycle their mobile phones and other electronics safely and securely.
Concerns around data security and personal information held on devices, being accessed by a third party, may cause some to hold onto their e-waste and prevent them from sending it for recycling.
Providing information on how to securely remove data from a device is one way MobileMuster is helping to get mobile phones out or those drawers and cupboards and into their collection program for recycling. All data should be removed from a device before it is sent for recycling. MobileMuster has a range of videos making it easy to remove data no matter what model of mobile phone a user may have.
Take a look at MobileMuster’s Data Management Tips for your mobile phone and take the first step to get it recycled.
Claire is Planet Ark's Recycling Campaign Manager. After working in the communications industry and raising a young family, she joined Planet Ark to follow her passion for helping the environment.