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MobileMuster recognises City as state leader

22 June 2022

The Federal Government-accredited product stewardship program of the mobile industry, MobileMuster, has announced the City of Stirling as the highest performing local government in Western Australia for the collection and recycling of mobile phones and their accessories.

In the period March 2021 – April 2022, over 5.7 tonnes – or over 35,000 handsets and batteries – were collected through local government collection points nationally. Each year, MobileMuster recognises the top collectors in each state or territory at the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) National General Assembly.

Mayor Mark Irwin said it was an important strategic objective for the City of Stirling to be a sector leader in recycling and waste initiatives.

“The City takes its obligations to run a sustainable City very seriously, and we have a long history of recognition by the sector and industry to prove this,” he said.

“The City has previously been awarded WA’s top local government in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, when we collected 271kg of mobile phones. This year, we reached 452kg worth of recycled phones, which is a huge increase.

“I congratulate the City’s Waste team and the members of the public who have contributed to us doing our part to recycle electronics.

“We know that more than 95 per cent of the materials recovered from old phones and accessories can be used to make new products, which is critical given the global supply and scarcity of rare earth metals used in some of our most important electronics.”

Head of MobileMuster Spyro Kalos said they were committed to raising awareness of mobile phone recycling and encouraging more Australians to play their part by either reusing or recycling their old unwanted mobiles.

“Our local council partners play a crucial role in educating the community on why and how to recycle, along with providing easily accessible drop off sites,” he said.

“With e-waste a growing waste stream, now more than ever our local council partners are an important part of the solution in collecting and recycling more mobile phones and their accessories.”

MobileMuster estimates the recycling benefits of recycling the old mobiles and batteries is equivalent to planting 334 trees with avoided CO2 emissions equating to 12.86 tonnes.

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