Telstra calls on Australians to recycle old mobile phones for World Environment Day

Media Release, 25 May 2012

Telstra is calling on Aussies to dig deep into their desk drawers to retrieve old mobile phones and accessories and drop them off at a MobileMuster recycling unit in their local Telstra Store for World Environment Day on Tuesday, 5 June.

Telstra Chief Sustainability Officer, Tim O’Leary, said more than 22 million unwanted mobile phones are lying around Australian homes and World Environment Day is a great opportunity to clean up and support the environment.

“Recycling mobile phones helps prevent pollution and protect our environment by keeping them out of landfill, and it’s an easy way for us all to do something green this World Environment Day,” said Mr O’Leary.

“It will only take a few minutes to search through desks, drawers and boxes, but the long-term environmental benefits are important for current and future generations.

Mr O’Leary said for the entire month of June, Telstra will be donating $1 for every mobile phone collected through Telstra stores and offices to Landcare Australia (up to the value of $10,000).

“By dropping off your mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories at a MobileMuster unit in your local Telstra Store, you’re enabling over 90 per cent of these materials to be recycled, with the components used to create products for everyday use, like fence posts, batteries and stainless steel,” said Mr O’Leary.

“All items collected through MobileMuster are recycled and are not re-used or refurbished. We, however suggest, customers remove their SIM card and delete personal information from handsets before recycling.”

“If you can’t get to a Telstra store, visit mobilemuster.com.au to find out where you can collect a satchel or download a free reply paid mailing label to recycle by post.”

MobileMuster aims to collect more than 100 tonnes of mobile phones and their accessories this year including over 900,000 handsets and batteries.

Landcare Australia CEO Heather Campbell said the funds donated by Telstra for handsets recycled in Telstra stores during June will help local communities restore and repair our environment and conserve our natural resources.

“I would encourage everybody to recycle their old phones at any one of the 330 plus Telstra stores and by doing so support Landcare and the work it does protecting our fragile environment,” Ms Campbell said.

MobileMuster has collected 886 tonnes of mobile phone components, including 6.34 million handsets and batteries plus chargers and accessories, since its inception in 1998.

For information on recycling mobile phones, please visit: telstra.com.au/abouttelstra/advice/mobile/recycling/