Recycling Mobile Phones

Did you know there are more than 23 million unused phones hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia?

And, when they’re recycled, over 90% of the materials can be recovered and used as raw materials to make anything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products.

Livingstone Shire Council has partnered with MobileMuster, the official product stewardship program of the telecommunications industry in Australia, to provide a free recycling service to its residents.

It’s easy! All you have to do is drop your old mobile phone at the Yeppoon Town Hall or the Yeppoon Landfill.

We will accept all brands of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories. We encourage you to delete or remove any data from your SIM card or mobile phone that you want to keep, although any data left on the device will be destroyed in the recycling process.

Everything collected is sent to MobileMuster for recycling, which is carried out to the highest environmental standard with nothing being resold.

Did you know?

  • There are at least 30 million mobile phone subscribers currently in Australia.
  • There are more than 23 million unused phones hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia, that’s one old phone for every Australian.
  • That’s the equivalent of 2,450 tonnes of metals, minerals, plastic and glass – things that the planet desperately needs us to recycle.
  • The average person replacing their mobile phone every 18-24 months.
  • Mobiles should never be thrown out. They are not biodegradable, and may contain some potentially environmentally hazardous material.
  • Recycling 50,000 handsets can replace the need to mine 110 tonne of gold ore, 123 tonne of silver bearing ore or 11 tonne of copper sulphide ore.
  • When recycled, over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products. The materials recovered can be used to make everything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products.

Where to recycle your old mobiles:

  • Livingstone Shire Council Customer Service Centre, Yeppoon Town Hall, Normanby Street, Yeppoon
  • Yeppoon Landfill, Corner Neil's Road and Yeppoon Road, Yeppoon
More information on MobileMuster can be found by visiting www.mobilemuster.com.au

Mobile Phone Recycle