The residents of Hornsby Shire have been named Australia’s top mobile phone recyclers, depositing 578 kilograms to the national MobileMuster in the past 12 months.
Hornsby Shire Mayor Philip Ruddock was thrilled by the result.
“This is a great example of our community’s commitment to the environment and its willingness to take positive steps that benefit all of us,” Mayor Ruddock said.
“I would like to personally thank everybody who took part in this valuable initiative.”
MobileMuster manager Spyro Kalos congratulated Hornsby Shire on its achievement.
“We are proud to partner with councils like Hornsby Shire Council, who represent a community driven to create a vibrant sustainable environment for themselves and future generations to live and work,” he said.
“MobileMuster partners with nearly 400 councils around Australia, reaching 18 million residents who help to recycle tonnes of nonrenewable and valuable resources each year.”
The phones were collected at Hornsby Shire Council’s Community Recycling Centre inThornleigh, which assists 17,000 residents with waste issues and gathers around 120 tonnes of electronic waste each year.
MobileMuster is a government-accredited program, with 3,500 drop off points across the country.
The program recovers 99 percent of the material from old phones and accessories, which are then used in manufacturing of new products, reducing the need for virgin materials such as aluminium, copper, gold, silver, cobalt and lithium.
“All the metal, glass and plastic in your mobile phone can be used again,” Mayor Ruddock said.
“I urge all residents to have a look through their forgotten drawers to give their old phones a new life.
“We also want to make sure we retain our position as the nation’s champion mobile phone recycler.”
Australia’s top mobile phone recyclers were announced today at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly in Canberra.
To find your nearest MobileMuster collection point, visit mobilemuster.com.au.