Recycle your old mobile phone and fund a meal for people in need

Do you have old mobile phones and accessories lying around your house? Help OzHarvest provide food to those in need by dropping your old mobiles into the Burdekin Shire Council’s MobileMuster collection container.

MobileMuster’s Mobile for a Meal campaign will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest for every mobile phone recycled from 1 January to 18 February 2017.

OzHarvest is a perishable food rescue organisation which collects quality excess food from more than 2000 commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to more than 900 charities.

Burdekin Shire Mayor Lyn McLaughlin is encouraging residents to support the campaign.

“By recycling old mobile phones, residents will reduce waste going to landfill and also help provide food for needy Australian families,” she said.

“MobileMuster will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest for every mobile recycled in January and February 2017.

“The campaign is tackling two of Australia’s big waste challenges – e-waste and food waste – by recycling 60,000 old mobile phones so that 60,000 meals can be delivered.”

Cr McLaughlin said more than 95 per cent of materials used in mobile phones and accessories could be recovered.

“Australians love their technology and it is estimated we each produce 25kg of electronic waste every year,” she said.

“MobileMuster is helping all of us by collecting waste which would otherwise end up in our landfill.”

For more information about MobileMuster or the Mobile for a Meal campaign go to www.mobilemuster.com.au

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