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Old phones can help the earth

Monday, 11th November, 2013

Telstra is calling on Aussies to help the environment by recycling old technology this National Recycling Week.

The call comes as Mobile Muster revealed an estimated 23 million old mobile phones are hanging around homes and offices, and encouraged Aussies to check the ‘third drawer down’ for old phones and accessories to recycle.

Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Western NSW Scott Curtin said National Recycling Week, which runs until November 17, is a great time to remind people that it is quick, easy and free to recycle old mobile phones and accessories at MobileMuster units in Telstra Stores.

“Locals in Western NSW recycled more than 2,700 handsets, 98 kilograms of batteries and 213 kilograms of accessories with MobileMuster in 2012, which is an amazing effort,” he said.

“However, with 61 per cent of Aussies admitting to having old and broken mobile phones lying around the house, thereís clearly more that can be done.”

More than 90 per cent of materials in mobile phones, batteries and chargers can be recycled and reused to create useful everyday items such as fence posts and aluminium cans. 

Rose Read, Recycling Manager for MobileMuster congratulated people in the area for their great contribution to recycling over the past year while reminding them thereís more work to do.

Recycle mobile phones at MobileMuster units in Telstra stores.

Telstra recommends customers remove their SIM card and delete personal information from handsets before recycling. Information on transferring or removing data is available at www.mobilemuster.com.au.

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