Each year, MobileMuster recognises the top collecting councils from around the country, acknowledging local government's role in supporting mobile phone recycling within the community. Adelaide Hills Council has won the Top Recycler Award for South Australia in MobileMuster's Local Government Awards 2020.
Between May 2019 and April 2020, our recycling depot and drop off points in libraries and service centres contributed 107kg of mobile phone components, keeping them out of landfill. Nationally, local councils have contributed just over 5.5 tonnes of materials to be recycled.
With e-waste growing at three times the rate of general waste in Australia and 24.5 million old mobile phones stockpiled in drawers across the country*, Council's easy drop off options are very important to make disposing of these items as simple as possible.
After collection, MobileMuster recovers 95% of materials from old phones and accessories, which is then used in manufacturing new products. All metal, glass, and plastic in a mobile phone has the potential for a second life.
Old mobile phones and phone accessories can be dropped off for free at the Heathfield Resource Recovery Centre, or at Council's libraries and service centres in Stirling and Woodside.
*IPSOS, Consumer insights into mobile phone use and recycling (March 2020)