Dispose of mobile phones

Last updated: 25 June 2021

Why recycle mobile phones

Mobiles are made from many non-renewable materials which have been extracted from the earth such as metals, plastics, glass and ceramics. Fortunately, more than 95% of these materials can be recycled. Recycle your mobile phone to:

  • conserve natural resources
  • reduce greenhouse emissions
  • prevent hazardous materials from entering the environment.

How to reuse mobile phones

Most of us have at least one spare mobile phone sitting in a drawer. Before recycling, consider giving phones in working order to a friend or family member – or even selling it.

Better than recycling is reducing the amount of phones we produce and use in the first place. MobileMuster provides advice about removing data from your phone before passing it on.

How to recycle mobile phones

MobileMuster is a free, not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.

  • Drop off your mobile – search for your nearest collection point or drop off your phones and accessories at any of the major mobile phone retail stores.
  • Post your mobile in – download a mailing label to post your mobile phones and accessories to MobileMuster. Even the postage is free!
  • Protect your data – MobileMuster also provides advice about removing data from your phone prior to recycling.

What happens to recycled mobile phones

There are six main steps to the mobile phone recycling process.

  1. Dismantling and sorting
  2. Battery sorting and processing for cobalt, lithium and nickel
  3. Circuit board processing for precious metals
  4. Plastic casing recycling
  5. Accessory and mixed plastics recycling
  6. Packaging recycling

Find out more on MobileMuster's website

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