Recycle Mobile Phones & Help Charities Raise Money

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.

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“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 They will send you postage paid packaging to post your mobile phone/s in at no cost to you

6 Replies to “Recycle Mobile Phones & Help Charities Raise Money”

  1. This is a great post Neerav. Thank you.
    I was not aware that this service was available. I hope, for the sake of the environment, that your page receives huge numbers of hits!

  2. Neerav,

    I have two kids and thus 8(!!) phones to recycle. I actually rang the 1800 number on the website because I wanted to talk with recycling people. They asked where I heard of their service and I gave them your web url. They were delighted to hear that you had written a piece on them.

    Keep up the good work!

    EDITOR: lol, 8 phones! they must go through them faster than shoes.

  3. Mobile phone recycling schemes – voluntary for the supplier – have been a dismal failure, says the TEC [Total Environment Centre]. Less than 4 percent are recycled. One customer said that when he asked his phone shop if they recycled, the assistant laughed and said, “We chuck it away. That’s our recycling”

    excerpt from SMH Good Weekend Article “Trashing the Planet”

    Prove that you’re smarter than the 96% of Australians who don’t recycle their mobile phones by following the recycling instructions above and help a charity at the same time 🙂

  4. Every hour, 1,700 mobiles are dumped by Britons buying better ones to take advantage of offers from the networks. This accumulation of dead ringers is an onslaught on our ecology: 15 million phones, each bursting with toxic chemicals, are thrown out to be buried in landfill sites or left in drawers and cupboards.

    ‘We are creating a dangerous legacy, given the incredible rate of new devices dumped daily,’ said Alison Conboy, one of the designers of an exhibition on the future of mobile phones, Dead Ringers?, at the [British] Science Museum this week.

    These mounds of discarded Nokias, Samsungs and Motorolas are just one aspect of a major new ecological threat: electronic waste. Other sources include TV sets and computers. ‘People keep electronic devices for shorter periods,’ said Zeina Alhajj of Greenpeace. ‘A decade ago, the average life of a PC was 10 years. Today it is three. But that is nothing compared to mobile phones’: 18 months.’

    Read more of the Btritish Guardian newspaper’s story: Dumped mobiles cause waste crisis

  5. I work for a rubbish removal company and we used to see a surprising amount of mobile phone chucked away. Over the last couple of years that has declined which is ironic as you would think that the number of phones on the market has increased several fold. All I would say is that I think the message is getting across. My wife’s company has a mobile phone recycling ‘lady’ at work and my kids are fully aware of the need to recycle too.


  6. I think that everybody should do their part in preserving the environment. With more and more mobile phones being released each year, it would be crucial for consumers as well as manufacturers to do something about recycling these electronic wastes instead of dumping them into the garbage. There are only sites today that can give you money in exchange for used phones. But of course, it would be better to give the monetary value to charities.

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