Recycle your mobile phone for World Environment Day

KAB NT LogoMEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 29 May 2014
Media Contact Heimo Schober
Phone 0407 186 461
Email ceo@kabcnt.org.au

 

 

Keep Australia Beautiful is calling on Territorians to help the environment, and support recycling in remote NT communities, by recycling old technology this World Environment Day June 5.

For every mobile recycled with MobileMuster www.mobilemuster.com throughout June, Telstra will donate $1 to Keep Australia Beautiful’s campaign to encourage mobile phone recycling in remote communities in the Northern Territory.

“By recycling your unwanted mobile phones and accessories this June not only will you be protecting the environment by keeping these items out of landfill, you’ll be supporting Keep Australia Beautiful to celebrate World Environment Day,” said Heimo Schober, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory.

Territorians will be able to recycle their old mobiles and accessories at MobileMuster units located at the Barunga Festival from June 6-9, and anytime at units located in Telstra stores.

In addition MobileMuster promotion and drop-off facilities will be made available in councils, schools and by community groups. A number of schools* will also be visited for specific face to face environmental education.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for NT Brian O’Keefe encouraged everyone to check in the ‘third drawer down’ for any old mobile phones or accessories and help clean up the Territory this World Environment Day.

“MobileMuster has calculated that in the Northern Territory there are more than 113,000 old and unused mobile phones and accessories in homes.

“For everyone one of these mobiles collected throughout June, Telstra will donate $1 to Keep Australia Beautiful to improve awareness and access to mobile phone recycling and help students learn about the benefits of recycling by visiting schools across the Territory,” said Mr O’Keefe.

MobileMuster has calculated that if all the old and unused mobile phones and accessories in Northern Territory were recycled we could prevent the mining of 695 tonnes of precious metal ore. Environmentally, that’s the equivalent to:

  • Planting 580 trees; or
  • Taking 27 cars off the road.

The same number of phones could also be turned into 24,700 million aluminum cans and 655 plastic fence posts, as more than 90% of mobile phone components and materials recovered through recycling can be reused.

MobileMuster accepts and recycles all brands of mobile phone handsets, their batteries, chargers, accessories and Wi-Fi devices in a safe, secure and ethical way for free.

Telstra recommends customers remove their SIM card and delete personal information from handsets before recycling. Information on transferring or removing data is available at www.mobilemuster.com.au

For more information you can contact Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory (08) 8981 5535.

-ENDS-

Media Contact: MobileMuster
Rose Read – Manager Recycling
rose.read@amta.org.au
Ph: 02 8920 3555 0r 0418 216 364

*Schools:
Tiwi Islands School
Parap Primary School
Darwin Middle School

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