Australia Post’s Environment Manager, Andy Trott said Australia Post has teamed up with MobileMuster, the official national recycling program of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), to help recycle mobile phone handsets, batteries, chargers and accessories.
“Reply Paid satchels are available free at all post offices so anyone can send their used mobile phones to MobileMuster for recycling,” Mr Trott said.
“All you have to do is drop in to your local post office, pick up a free satchel, seal your old phone and accessories inside, pop it into a red street posting box and Australia Post and MobileMuster will take care of the rest. We ask that customers place the battery in one section of the satchel and the phone and accessories in the other to help with the recycling process,” he said.
More than 90% of the plastics and metals in mobile phones are able to be recycled and used as raw materials in the manufacture of new products.
Rose Read, Manager of the MobileMuster program said there are an estimated 16 million mobile phones, batteries and accessories lying around homes across the country.
“I encourage everyone to help our environment by using the free Reply Paid satchel to post in all their old mobile phones, batteries and accessories for recycling,” Ms Read said.