YOU can help the environment by recycling your mobile phone AND also help raise funds for charities. Every phone collected will help raise funds for the charity in your state, for example the Spastic Centre of NSW was given $3-5 for the old phone I donated (below)
Australians should recycle their old mobile phones, says the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA).
A spokeswoman for the AMTA’s MobileMuster program, Rose Read, said mobile phones contained many valuable metals such as gold, silver and nickel as well as plastics.
Every 50,000 handsets yield about one kilogram of gold, Ms Rose said.
“More than 90 per cent of the materials in mobile phone handsets, batteries and accessories can be recycled into new products such as jewellery, fence posts and stainless steel.
“Mobile phones are not biodegradable and should not be thrown in the rubbish bin and end up in landfill, where potentially they could harm the environment.”
Mobile phones that are not damaged or too old are cleaned and repaired. They are then sent for re-sale in developing countries , which currently have little modern infrastructure.
All other mobile phones are environmentally recycled, with component parts available for re-use in items like jewellery and copper piping, the nickel obtained from batteries can end up being used to make stainless steel products such as saucepans. Plastics are granulated to produce items such as traffic cones.
Donations can be made by individuals, companies or other groups by contacting your local co-ordinator at http://www.mobilephonerecycling.com.au/. They will send you postage paid packaging to post your mobile phone/s in at no cost to you