AS PHONE upgrades and gifts over the holidays and summer sales are expected to peak MobileMuster and The Salvation Army are calling on Gympie region residents to recycle their old mobiles and accessories to help families in need.
MobileMuster, Australia's official, not-for-profit government accredited mobile phone recycling program, estimates the 22.5million old unused mobiles stored in homes will continue to rise over December and January as nearly half of the Australian population will think of buying, or are going to buy, a new mobile during the summer sales.
Despite record awareness of mobile phone recycling, Australians are still reluctant to part with old phones - some of which don't even work.
To keep old phones out of drawers and to put them to good use this summer MobileMuster will give $2 to the Salvation Army for every kilogram that is recycled with them in December and January.
MobileMuster Recycling manager Rose Read said that as new mobiles were bought, old ones ended up lying around in drawers unused and potentially ending up in the rubbish.
"With over 90% of the materials in mobiles recyclable it is important to keep old phones out of drawers and landfill and recycle them so the materials they are made of can go back into the supply chain for reuse," she said.
"There's no better time to de-clutter for the new year, clear out your home or office of unused mobiles and accessories, all whilst raising vital funds for the Salvos to continue their great work in helping people in need across the country,"
"We challenge all Australians for every new phone they purchase this summer to recycle an old one with MobileMuster and in doing so help the Salvos."
Now in its second year, MobileMuster aims to collect over 16,000 kilograms of mobile phone handsets plus their batteries and chargers and give the Salvation Army $32,000 to help them feed, clothe and provide a bed for those in need.
- There are more than 3500 drop-off points around Australia for consumers to recycle their old mobile phones, battery and accessories, alongside a free post back recycling satchel available from any Australia Post or a reply-paid downloadable label online at mobilemuster.com.au.