The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) - which manages the MobileMuster recycling program - says that since MobileMuster began in 1998 it has diverted more than 1,400 tonnes of mobiles and accessories from landfill, including over 13 million handsets and batteries.
MobileMuster accepts and recycles all brands and types of mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories, including mobile wifi modems and smart watches., with everything recycled, nothing is resold and any data left on mobiles is destroyed through the recycling process.
ATMA says the program recovers over 95% of the materials used in a mobile through recycling and then they are put back into the making of new products – “avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources”.
“The mobile telecommunications industry is delighted to welcome Vivo Mobile, one of the industry’s most innovative and trendsetting brands, to our world-class recycling program,” said ATMA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Althaus.
“Our members work together to ensure we keep old mobiles out of the general waste stream and recycle them in a responsible, secure and environmentally sound way, placing reusable commodities back into the supply chain.
Fred Liu, Chief Executive Officer of Vivo Mobile Australia, said: “As we look to enter the Australian market we are excited to join the Government accredited program and offer our customers a sustainable recycling service”.
“Being part of this industry led initiative gives us great confidence that when our customers have finished using their smartphones along with any accessories, they will be recycled to the highest environmental standard.”