PHONE SOLUTION: Livingstone Shire Council is urging residents to recycle their old mobile phones and accessories as part of World Environment Day.
PHONE SOLUTION: Livingstone Shire Council is urging residents to recycle their old mobile phones and accessories as part of World Environment Day. Contributed

Council calls for CQ residents to recycle their old mobiles

LIVINGSTONE Shire Council has joined forces with MobileMuster and is encouraging the entire Central Queensland community to recycle their old mobile phones and accessories as part of World Environment Day (Sunday, 5 June).

MobileMuster is a not-for-profit mobile phone recycler - founded in 1998 - which coordinates the collection of old, unused mobile phones to be recycled.

Councillor for Waste Management and the Environment Adam Belot said recent figures show approximately 22.5 million unused mobile phones are currently stored in homes and workplaces around Australia.

"I'm sure there are plenty of people who simply don't know what to do with their old mobile phone and simply throw them away," he said.

"But this program makes it so simple and Council has set up two convenient locations where people can drop their unused mobile phones.

"They can be disposed at the Council Customer Service Centre at Yeppoon Town Hall - with a box located in the foyer - and also at the Yeppoon Landfill where staff will be able to direct you on the correct disposal method."

Old mobiles and their accessories can also be posted in for free to MobileMuster by downloading a reply-paid mailing label, or picking up a pre-paid satchel from Australia Post.

"This is a fantastic initiative and one that the whole community can get on board with as part of World Environment Day," Cr Belot said.

FUN FACTS

Since 1998, MobileMuster has collected and recycled 9.95million mobile phones and batteries and more than 580,000 kg of accessories

Through resource recovery, MobileMuster has reduced the need to mine 29,000 tonnes of precious metal ore, which is equivalent to keeping 2,600 cars off the road, planting 57,000 trees or preventing 9,400 tonnes of CO2 greenhouse gas emissions