Fast facts about MobileMuster

  • MobileMuster started in 1998, its aim is to keep old mobiles out of landfill and to recycle them in a safe, secure and ethical way.  It is the industry's program to take responsibility for its products at the end of their useful life.
  • The program is voluntarily funded and managed by mobile handset manufacturers, service providers, network carriers and distributors.
  • It's currently the only industry-led mobile recycling program in the world.
  • Since the program started over 1,244 tonnes of mobile phone components have been collected and recycled.  This is equivalent to approximately 10.86 million individual handsets and batteries as at 30 June 2016.

Consumer Research Facts*

  • It's estimated there is over 23 million unwanted mobiles in homes around Australia. Five million of these mobiles are broken or unusable.
  • 62% of Australians have one or more mobiles stored at home. 
  • 77% of Australians are aware of mobile phone recycling and 31% have actually recycled a mobile phone. 
  • Females over 45 years are the most likely to recycle their mobile phone, whilst males under 45 are the least likely.
  • More people are reusing their mobile phones with 1 in 10 Australians selling or trading in their old mobiles and 1 in 6 giving them to family or friends.

Read more consumer research facts and figures. 

Recycling Facts

  • Over 95% of the materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers collected by MobileMuster are recovered.
  • Mobile phones are not biodegradable and contain substances that can potentially harm the environment if not handled correctly at the end of a phone's useful life.
  • MobileMuster has over 3,100 public collection points across Australia.
  • Old mobiles and their accessories can also be posted in for free to MobileMuster by downloading a reply-paid mailing label, or picking up a pre-paid satchel from Australia Post.

* Independent survey conducted in February 2017 by IPSOS on behalf of AMTA of 1001 mobile phone users aged 16 years or older randomly selected from across Australia.