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Scores a bullseye for the environment

Posted August 26, 2006

Sea Eagle's legend and former Australian rugby league representative, Steve Menzies, will show the precision passing that makes him one of the game's best when he lines up this weekend to target mobile phone recycling.

Mr Menzies will promote the importance of the community handing in mobile phones for recycling and will pass them through a hole-in-the-middle target scoring a try for the environment.

Those who hand in their unwanted mobile phones for recycling at Warringah Mall's on Saturday will then be eligible for autographs from Steve and special giveaways of mini footballs and other prizes.

"This is a great initiative and I'll be bringing down my unwanted mobile phones for the Muster," says Steve Menzies. "I hope my involvement helps boost local recycling levels."

MobileMuster is the official recycling program of the mobile phone industry, and is funded by 16 leading mobile phone manufacturers and network carriers.

"Our goal is to raise community participation and lift our recycling levels to one-point-five million mobile phones and batteries a year by 2008" says Rose Read, Manager of Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association national recycling program, MobileMuster.

"We are calling on all local residents to clean out their drawers of all unwanted mobile phones, and bring them down to Warringah Mall for Steve Menzies to pass into our recycling bins," Ms Read added

Key mobile recycling facts:

  • Australians upgrade or exchange their mobile phones every 18 to 24 months. There are approximately 16 million unused mobile phones stashed away at home or in the office.
  • Over 90% of materials in mobile phones can be recovered such as nickel, cadmium, cobalt, gold, silver, copper, plastics and other metals.
  • One tonne of mobile phone circuit boards can yield about the same amount of precious metals as 110 tonnes of gold ore, 123 tonnes of sliver bearing ore and 1 tonnes of copper sulphide ore.

If you can't make it to Warringah Mall on Saturday you can also recycle unwanted mobile phones, batteries and accessories at your local mobile phone retailer. To find your nearest drop off point go to: www.mobilemuster.com.au

PHOTO CALL AND EVENT DETAILS

Saturday 26 August
Street address Warringah Mall, Brookvale

For further information and to confirm attendance please contact
PeterO'Sullivan/ Eileen Lorenzo Professional Public Relations Ph: (02) 9818 0916

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