Mobile Phone Recycling

Mobile Phones

In Australia alone, there is an estimated 23 million un-used handsets, all of which could be recycled or possibly re-used.

Many of us upgrade our mobile phones in line with the mobile phone technology improvements, and therefore end up with a mobile phone or two which we no longer need or use.

Residents can drop off unwanted mobile phone, along with its battery, charger and SIM Card (please remove private information first) in the recycling bin at the following collection point:

Burnside Civic Centre
401 Greenhill Road
Tusmore SA 5065

There is no charge for you to recycle your phone!

Fast facts about MobileMuster

  • MobileMuster started in 1998, its aim is to keep old mobiles out of landfill and to recycle them in a safe, secure and ethical way.  It is the industry's program to take responsibility for its products at the end of their useful life.

  • The program is voluntarily funded and managed by mobile handset manufacturers, service providers, network carriers and distributors.

  • Since the program started over 1,323 tonnes of mobile phone components have been collected and recycled.  This is equivalent to approximately 11.9 million individual handsets and batteries as at 30 June 2017.

    Consumer Research Facts*

  • It's estimated there is over 23 million unwanted mobiles in homes around Australia. Five million of these mobiles are broken or unusable.

  • 62% of Australians have one or more mobiles stored at home. 

  • 77% of Australians are aware of mobile phone recycling and 31% have actually recycled a mobile phone. 

  • Females over 45 years are the most likely to recycle their mobile phone, whilst males under 45 are the least likely.

  • More people are reusing their mobile phones with 1 in 10 Australians selling or trading in their old mobiles and 1 in 6 giving them to family or friends.

    Recycling Facts

  • Over 96% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers collected by MobileMuster are recovered.. 

  • Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain substances that can potentially harm the environment if not handled correctly at the end of a phone's useful life.

  • MobileMuster has over 3,500 public collection points across Australia.

    * Independent survey conducted in February 2017 by IPSOS on behalf of AMTA of 1001 mobile phone users aged 16 years or older randomly selected from across Australia.