Local councils are leading the way in e-waste recycling
MobileMuster, the mobile phone industry’s product stewardship program, recognised the efforts of local councils that have dramatically increased their collections and helped make recycling more accessible to the community.
Eight councils from across Australia were recognised as Australia’s top recyclers and congratulated by Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for Environment and Energy. “Electronic waste is one of the fastest growing waste issues in Australia and it’s great to see MobileMuster bringing industry and local government together to make it easy to recycle and deliver important environmental benefits to our communities,” Frydenberg says.
MobileMuster’s Local Government Awards were introduced in 2007 to recognise the outstanding efforts of local councils in promoting and collecting mobile phone components for recycling. MobileMuter partners with over 370 local councils around Australia to promote and collect mobile phones for recycling.
The following councils took out top honours in the awards:
- National top collector per capita – District Council of Orroroo-Carrieton (SA)
- NSW top collector – Hornsby Shire Council
- NT top collector – Alice Springs Town Council
- QLD top collector – Brisbane City Council
- WA top collector – City of Stirling
- SA top collector – City of Onkaparinga
- Tasmania top collector – Burnie City Council
- Victoria top collector – Moonee Valley City Council
MobileMuster’s recycling manager, Spyro Kalos says, “Whilst council collections have been steadily growing in the last couple of years it’s great to see an even higher lift this year with councils helping inform and educate their residents about recycling.
“In the last year councils have increased their collections by a huge 25 percent and recycled over 4.5 tonnes of mobiles phone and components through the program. Over the last decade local government partners have collected 35 tonnes of mobiles phone components for recycling, including approximately 420,000 handsets and batteries,” Kalos says.
“However, with an estimated 23 million old mobile phones sitting in drawers waiting to be recycled, including five million which are broken and no longer working, MobileMuster will continue to work with councils to encourage residents to recycle responsibly,” he concludes.