Posted on: 15.12.2015
Wollondilly Shire Council is encouraging residents to recycle their out dated mobile phones. Council has a Mobile Muster box in the foyer where you can leave your old mobile phones for recycling. For every kilo of mobiles and accessories recycled this December and January, Mobile Muster will give $2 to the Salvation Army's Christmas Appeal.
There are 29 million mobile phone subscribers in Australia. About 9 million new handsets are shipped to Australia every year, and most Australians upgrade their handset every 18-24 months. But while some old handsets are passed on to family or friends, over 50% are kept in storage unused and unwanted. This means there are a lot of materials available that could be recovered simply through recycling.
Did you know…
- Over 90% of the materials used in mobiles and accessories can be recycled.
- These materials can be used to make everything from stainless steel to plastic fence posts.
- Mobiles should never be thrown out. They're not biodegradable, and they contain some materials that can potentially harm the environment if not handled correctly at the end of a phone's useful life.
- Recycling 50,000 handsets can remove the need to mine 110 tonnes of gold ore, 213 tonnes of silver bearing ore or 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore.
- For every tonne of mobile phone materials recovered, 10 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided.