Shoppers Urged To Recycle as Millions of Mobiles Hit the Shelves

Posted December 28, 2016

Just released new mobile phone import data highlights Christmas, and the following summer sales period, as the busiest time for consumer tech consumption than any other time of year.

Import data collated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for MobileMuster shows a lift in the number of mobiles coming into the country in the lead up to the end of year shopping frenzy; imports start to increase from August due to new product launches and peak in November as consumers finalise their Christmas purchases, and the volume of mobiles imported in May - Jul ‘16 doubled in Aug - Oct ‘16.

“This peak buying time is the perfect opportunity to get consumers thinking about what they will do with their old mobiles they are holding onto. Our research shows that there are over are over 25 million old mobiles in Australia and 4 million of them are broken and no longer working," said Spyro Kalos from MobileMuster.

Mobile phones users should consider selling or trading-in their old working phone or passing it on to a family member as this will extend the life of the device, or if it has no resale value or is simply broken then they should recycle it.

This summer MobileMuster has partnered with OzHarvest to give mobile phone users an added incentive to recycle their old phones; for every mobile recycled with MobileMuster between now and the end of February, MobileMuster will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest, helping them to feed people in need across the country – the initiative is called Mobile for a Meal.

With more than two million Australian’s relying on food relief each year, MobileMuster hopes to make a positive contribution by recycling 60,000 mobiles, which will help OzHarvest provide 60,000 meals to vulnerable Australians.

“With all of the bountiful produce in this country, the thought of anyone going hungry is surprising, but it’s a cause we can all rally behind. This initiative will ask mobile phone users to think about how they can put their old unused mobiles to good use and tackle two of Australia’s big waste challenges; e-waste and food waste.” commented Kalos.

“We know Australians waste around $10 billion dollars of food each year, that’s almost four million tonnes of food ending up in landfill.  Good food should not go to waste when there are still so many hungry people” said Ronni Kahn, CEO and Founder of OzHarvest.

“OzHarvest is excited to partner with MobileMuster on the Mobile for a Meal campaign, as it creates sustainable action by turning recycled electronic waste into nourishing meals,” concluded Kahn.

Simply drop off your old mobile, along with any accessories including chargers, at your nearest mobile phone retail store, or post them to MobileMuster using a free recycling satchel, available at Australia Post.  Click here, to find your nearest drop off point.

Australians can show their support online through the use of the campaign hashtag #mobileforameal. For terms and condition, click here