GYMPIE is a mobile phone hoarding hotspot, according to a recent report developed by Australia’s not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program, MobileMuster.
“Gympie residents understand that throwing mobiles into landfill can be harmful to the environment,” says Rose Read, manager recycling, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).
“However across Australia, some 14 to 16 million old, broken and unused phones are being hoarded in homes and offices,” Ms Read said.
“Mobiles that are broken or four or more years old are best off recycled, so the materials can be reused to make new products.”
Mobile phones are not biodegradable but they are recyclable.
Up to 90 per cent of the materials used in a mobile can be recycled into useful items such as plastic fence posts, stainless steel and even jewellery.
The environmental savings from re-using these important materials instead of mining or manufacturing new materials is also significant.
Recycling an old mobile phone is free and easy:
To find out how go to www.mobilemuster.com.au or call 1300 730 070. You can also pick up a free MobileMuster recycling satchel from Australia Post and post them in.