Help reduce Parramatta's e-waste

There’s about one mobile for every person in Parramatta ready to be recycled.

This World Environment Day recycle your old mobile phone with MobileMuster to prevent mining 546 tonnes of precious metal ore and help conserve our natural resources

"In just our suburb alone, MobileMuster has calculated that our 174,554 old mobile phones and accessories could prevent mining 546 tonnes of precious metal ore. Environmentally, that’s the equivalent to planting 462 trees or taking 21 cars off the road," said Rose Read, Recycling Manager at MobileMuster. 

The same number of phones could also be turned into 19,657 aluminium cans, or 521 plastic fence posts, as more than 90% of mobile phone components and materials recovered through the recycling process can be reused. 

“Every Australian needs to take responsibility for their contribution to our ever mounting e-waste problem and this World Environment Day (June 5), is the perfect opportunity for The Hills Shire residents to collectively make an impact. If everyone dug out just one old mobile phone and recycled it, collectively we could make a significant difference,” Read continued.

“If you want to lessen your suburb's contribution to Australia’s e-waste problem and help conserve our natural resources, all you have to do is drop off your old mobiles and accessories at your local mobile phone retailer, visit to find your nearest one. Alternatively, you can post them in using our free reply-paid recycling satchels available at any Australia Post outlet,” said Read.

Here are MobileMuster’s top tips for becoming e-waste free:

Organise what you have: Knowing how many spare chargers, adapters and handsets you have will prevent you from making unnecessary purchases. Why buy more items than you need?

Be ruthless: Will you ever use that analogue mobile handset again? Probably not, it’s time to recycle it.

Your phone has value: Know that your old mobile has value, but not as you think! It’s simply worthless gathering dust or sitting in the back of your drawer, when 90% of its parts and materials could be recycled and made into new objects.

Stop making excuses: Recycling with MobileMuster is free and easy! Go to to find out how to recycle or take your old mobile into an Australian Post outlet.

Educate yourself: If you really knew the environmental benefits of recycling your old unused mobile handsets, such as lessening the need to mine and significantly reducing C02 emissions, you’d be far more motivated to recycle with MobileMuster.

This story Help reduce Parramatta's e-waste first appeared on Parramatta Sun.


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