Google works to keep its Pixel phone out of the bin
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) welcomes Google to the industry’s official recycling program MobileMuster.
MobileMuster, run in partnership with mobile handset manufacturers and network operators Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile, provides a free national recycling program for mobiles and accessories.
“The industry is delighted to welcome Google, who launched its Pixel phone by Google last year, to our world class recycling program,” says chief executive officer of AMTA, Chris Althaus.
“The MobileMuster program is formally accredited by the Federal Government as a voluntary product stewardship scheme, so it is great to see new members joining the program as they introduce their products to the Australian market,” says Althaus.
“MobileMuster is an example of industry working together to deliver a robust and sustainable take back program,” says Spyros Kalos, AMRA’s recycling manager. “This is one part of our members commitment to product stewardship.
“MobileMuster ensure mobiles are kept out of landfill and recycled in a responsible, secure and environmentally sound way, placing reusable commodities back into the supply chain,” Kalos says.
Since the program started in late 1998 it has diverted more than 1320 tonnes of mobiles and accessories from landfill for recycling, including more than an estimated 11.9 million handsets and batteries.
With over 96 percent of the materials used in a mobile being recyclable, they can be reused to make new products, avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy, protecting our environment and conserving scarce natural resources.
MobileMuster is the only not-for-profit government accredited mobile phone recycling program in Australia and is funded solely by the mobile phone industry’s members Microsoft, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel, Oppo, HMD Global (Nokia), Google, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile.The aim of the program is to keep mobiles and accessories out of landfill and ensure they are recycled safely, securely and ethically. MobileMuster accepts and recycles all brands and types of mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories. They provide over 3500 drop-off points across Australia to make it easy for people to recycle. Everything is recycled, nothing is resold and all data is destroyed.
For more information or to find your nearest drop-off point, visit www.mobilemuster.com.au.