A new study1 into Australian mobile phone purchasing and recycling habits shows that the demand for the latest mobile phone technology is not slowing down with over a third (37 per cent) of Queensland residents to buy, or think of buying a new mobile over Christmas and summer sales.
This mobile buy-up is giving Burdekin Shire residents the perfect opportunity to recycle the mountain of 22 million old and unused mobiles stored in homes across Australia.
MobileMuster, the official recycling scheme of the mobile telecommunications industry, estimates that if the 22 million old mobiles no longer being used were recycled, it would divert nearly 120 tonnes of plastic from landfill and have the environmental benefit of planting more than 86,000 trees or taking 4000 cars off the road.
Sixty-nine per cent of Queensland residents have one or more old mobile phones lying around at home gathering dust.
Burdekin Shire Council and not-for-profit recycling program MobileMuster are urging residents to recycle their old mobile phones.
Mayor Bill Lowis said MobileMuster was a great way for Burdekin residents to get rid of their old mobile phones.
“The Burdekin Shire Council has supported this program for a number of years by having a mobile phone recycling box at the Chambers,” he said.
MobileMuster Recycling Manager Rose Read said that nearly a third (32 per cent) of Queensland residents said they were holding on to their old mobile “just in case” they needed it.
“As demand for more sophisticated mobile technology increases, old mobiles kept in drawers for a rainy day will become increasingly less likely to be used,” Ms Read said.
“With many Burdekin Shire residents having the New Year resolution to de-clutter and have less ‘stuff’ now is the perfect time to go into your drawers and cupboards, dig out these old phones and recycle them.”
The study also showed that three out of 10 of all Queensland residents did not know or were not sure if mobiles could be re-used and made into other items.
“Recycled mobile materials can be simply and easily recovered, and made into new products rather than being buried in the ground where they could potentially harm the environment,” Ms Read said.
“Also, by reusing the recovered materials we are reducing our demand on the earth’s precious natural resources, saving energy and avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions.”
Recycling your old mobile through Burdekin Shire Council with MobileMuster is easy and free – either drop into the collection box at the Shire Chambers in Young Street, Ayr or pick up a reply-paid, recycling satchel at any Australia Post store and post it in.
For more information why you should recycle your old mobile go to www.mobilemuster.com.au
1 Survey conducted by Pure Profile with a representative sample of 1009 Australians as commissioned by MobileMuster