Posted June 17, 2015
City of Sydney was announced today as the State’s Top Collector for New South Wales in MobileMuster’s Local Government Recycling Awards.
Presented by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment in Canberra at the National General Assembly of Local Government, City of Sydney received their award for encouraging their local community to recycle over 210 kg of old and unused mobile phones to become MobileMuster’s Top Collector in New South Wales.
Electronic waste is one of the faster growing waste issues in Australia and industry and government need to work together to deliver tangible and simple solutions.
“The long term partnership between the mobile phone industry’s recycling program MobileMuster and local councils to help people recycle their old mobiles is a fantastic example of how industry and local government can work together to deliver real social and environmental benefits to our communities” said Minister Hunt.
Image credit: Troy Pickard, President of the Australian Local Government Association accepting the Award from the Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment on behalf of City of Sydney.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the great result recognises just how easy it is for Sydneysiders to safely dispose of unwanted mobile phones and do their bit to help the environment.
“The City is delighted to have been recognised by Mobile Muster for the second year running,” the Lord Mayor said.
“We have doubled our phone recycling efforts in the last year through our battery, mobile and light bulb recycling stations in libraries, community centres and apartment blocks.
“Over 90 per cent of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used to make everything from stainless steel to plastic fence posts. It’s vital we encourage recycling of these valuable resources.”
Rose Read, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said, “We proudly recognise the exemplary work of City of Sydney in working with us to fulfil our promise to keep old mobiles and accessories out of landfill. Without the support of councils, like the City of Sydney MobileMuster wouldn't be the successful recycling program it is today.”
“Councils play a major role in educating and making it easy for residents to recycle their old mobile phones. In the 12 months to April 2015, local councils diverted over 3,300kgs of mobiles, batteries, chargers and accessories from landfill and over the past 10 years have collected over 25,600kg mobiles and accessories for recycling,”
MobileMuster, Australia’s only government accredited, not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program is proud to be celebrating 10 years of working with local councils in promoting and collecting mobile phones for recycling. MobileMuster partners with over 300 councils across Australia to help divert thousands of tonnes of non-renewable resources out of landfill and back into the economy every year.
MobileMuster’s recycling awards, which have been running since 2007, acknowledge the great support received from local government in ensuring the industry keeps its promise; that mobile phone products don't end up in landfill and are instead recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way.
City of Sydney was awarded alongside seven other councils in the awards ceremony within the following categories:
For more information on the awards and previous winners visit the MobileMuster mobilemuster.com.au/councils or call 1300 730 070. For all media enquiries contact Rose Read 0418 216 364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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