District Council of Mount Barker Wins MobileMuster’s National Excellence Award

Posted June 17, 2015

District Council of Mount Barker was announced today as the winner of MobileMuster’s National Excellence Award in their 2015 Local Government Awards.

Presented by The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment in Canberra at the National General Assembly of Local Government, District Council of Mount Barker received their award for encouraging their local community in South Australia to recycle old and unused mobile phones for over nine years with the most consistent collection volumes, highest average collection per pick up and collection per capita rate.

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.District Council Of Mount Baker Mobilemuster -awards -010

“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: Mayor Ann Ferguson of District Council of Mount Barker accepting the Award from  The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for the Environment .

Mayor Ann Ferguson of District Council of Mount Barker said, “We are committed to the environment and helping our residents to take action to live more sustainably at home and in the community. We are honoured to be recognised by MobileMuster and will continue to provide convenient and accessible recycling services.”  

Rose Read, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said, “We proudly recognise the exemplary work of the District Council of Mount Barker in working with us to fulfil our promise to keep old mobiles and accessories out of landfill. Without the support of councils, like the Mount Barker 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.

District Council of Mount Barker was awarded alongside seven other councils in the awards ceremony within the following categories:

  • National Top Collector (kg) - Brisbane City Council (Qld)
  • National Top Collector per Capita - City of Trayning (WA)
  • State Top Collector (kg) – New South Wales – City of Sydney
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Western Australia - City of Stirling
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Queensland - Brisbane City Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – South Australia - Alexandrina Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Tasmania - Burnie City Council
  • State Top Collector (kg) – Victoria - Nillumbik Shire Council

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For more information on the awards and previous winners visit the MobileMuster or call 1300 730 070. For all media enquiries contact Rose Read 0418 216 364 or