Media Release: MobileMuster's E-waste Recycling Awards Recognise Five Councils

Posted June 17, 2014

MobileMuster, the not-for-profit recycling program of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, is proud to announce the winners of their 2014 Local Government Recycling Awards. 

Presented at the National General Assembly of Local Government, in Canberra, each of the five councils received their award for their recycling programs that keep old mobiles out of landfill.

The awards recognised the exemplary work of the following councils:

  1. Top Collector Overall: Brisbane City Council, QLD
  2. Ryde City Council WinnersTop Collector Per Capita:  Hay Shire Council, NSW
  3. Best Promoter: City of Mitcham, SA
  4. Working with Schools: City of Ryde, NSW
  5. National Excellence: City of Sydney, NSW

Image credit: City of Ryde winners of the Working with Schools Award.

Rose Read, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster said, council support was integral to the success of MobileMuster’s national recycling program.

“In the past 12 months 349 councils that work in partnership with our recycling program collected nearly 3000kg of old mobile phones and their accessories, a year-on-year increase of 25 percent. Without local council support as both a collection facility and as an educator to residents on the importance of e-waste recycling, MobileMuster wouldn't be the successful recycling program it is today.

"Recycling through the program last year replaced the need to mine over 2, 270 tonnes of precious metals and over 690 tonnes of CO2 equivalents in green house gases will be avoided which is the same as taking over 190 cars permanently off the road or planting 4,240 trees. - our council partners play an important part in this impact," Read added.

We proudly recognise the initiatives each of these councils has undertaken in their local area to boost recycling rates and educate their residents on the importance of e-waste management,” said Read.

To support each council, MobileMuster supplies collection facilities such as recycling boxes, wheelie bins and promotional materials. Each is also supported with community education programs, public relations and social media campaigns on the importance of mobile phone e-waste recycling.

For more information about the award winners and how your council can get involved visit our council pages