NOT-for-profit phone recycler MobileMuster is encouraging people to recycle their old mobiles at Salvos stores for World Environment Day.
MobileMuster has pledged to give the Salvation Army $2 for every kilogram of mobiles collected.
World Environment Day is on June 5 and phones, batteries and accessories recycled before then will be counted.
MobileMuster recycling manager Rose Read said 100,420 old, broken or unused old mobile phones were stored in homes, offices and garages in the Bendigo district.
“We’ve developed our partnership with Salvos Stores to show people the many values of recycling their old unused mobile phones,” Ms Read said.
“By simply digging out that old mobile phone you no longer use you’re supporting their much-needed charity work, plus helping the environment,” she said.
“Many Australians don’t realise that over 90 per cent of the materials in old mobiles and accessories can be recovered and recycled into new objects, lessening the need to mine.”
MobileMuster’s aim is to keep mobile phones out of landfill and ensure they are recycled safely, securely and ethically.
There are more than 4000 drop-off points around Australia where people can recycle your old mobile, battery and accessories.
There are also free post-back recycling satchels available from Australia Post outlets. A free a reply-paid downloadable label is also available at mobilemuster.com.au
MobileMuster has recycled more than one million kilograms of old mobile phone components, replacing the need to mine more than 25,270 tonnes of precious metal ore.