The Recycling Process

MobileMuster partners with TES, a global leader in electronic waste recycling, to maximize our recovery rates and ensure all the mobile phone components are processed in an environmentally responsible manner. Through our recycling over 96% of the materials in a mobile phone are recovered. This process reduces the impact of mobile phones on the environment, minimises the resources that are thrown away and promotes the development of a circular economy.

Step 1: Transporting

When you drop off your old mobile phones for recycling they are collected and transported to TES’s recycling facilities in Melbourne, Sydney or Brisbane.

Step 2: Sorting

At the recycling facility the mobile phones are disassembled into their components. None of the phones are resold and all of the data left of the devise is destroyed through this process. Once disassembled the parts are sorted into the following: batteries, printed circuit boards, handsets, accessories, plastics, metals and packaging.

Step 3: Processing

The components are processed separately to maximise resource recovery.


Transported to

Further processing

Materials recovered


Envirostream Melbourne

Batteries are shredded, granulated and sorted into materials.

Copper, Aluminum, Cobalt, Nickel, Lithium and Plastics.

Circuit Board

TES Singapore

A hydro-metallurgical metals recovery process separates the precious metals.

Copper, Silver, Gold, Palladium, Metal Ingots


Local recyclers

Shredded and baled.

Copper, Stainless steel, Aluminum


TES Singapore

Shredded and granulated. Combined with spent epoxy powder to make new products.

Recycled Plastic


TES Singapore / Veolia

Shredded and sorted.

Recycled Glass


TES Singapore

De-manufactured through shredding and automated separating methods.

Plastics, Ferrous and Non Ferrous Metals


TES Australia

Segregated and treated as commodities.

Recycled Paper and Plastic

Step 5: Materials Extracted

The materials recovered in the recycling process can be used in the manufacture of new products. For example the recycled plastic from the mobile phone cases are used to make shipping pallets and the lithium extracted from mobile phone batteries can be reused to make new batteries.

The recycling process reduces the need to extract raw materials from the earth which saves energy, conserves scarce natural resources and protects our environment.

More information

TES is widely recognised as a global leader in electronic waste recycling. There ewaste recycling facilities utilise state-of-the art equipment and processing techniques aimed at delivering the lowest possible environmental impact for recycled equipment. They invest in research, development and machinery that maximises recovery of commodities and raw materials for reuse. 

TES maintains international best practice certifications; R2 (Responsible Recycling), ISO 9001, 14001, 27001, 28000, OHSAS 18001, and TAPA.