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Turn your old mobile into a meal for someone in need

Sustainability

Posted on January 17, 2018

2 min read

Do you have an old unused mobile phone hanging around? Do some good and turn it into a meal for someone in need.

We all have one. Maybe it’s a little rough around the edges, not as cool as it used to be, or maybe you’ve upgraded to the latest model – these phones are simply old, broken, and unwanted.

We’re talking about mobiles – millions of them, in fact.

MobileMuster, Australia’s leading mobile phone recycling program, estimates there are almost 5 million old mobile phones which are no longer working, along with their chargers and accessories. This summer is the perfect time to pull them out of the junk drawer and put them to better use.

MobileMuster has teamed up with food rescue organisation OzHarvest to encourage Australians to recycle and do some good. For every phone recycled until the end of February, OzHarvest will deliver a meal to someone in need through our Mobile for a Meal initiative. The aim is to collect and recycle 70,000 phones – and deliver 70,000 meals to those in need across Australia.

To get involved, simply recycle your mobile, along with any accessories, to a MobileMuster recycling collection point at your nearest Telstra store before the end of February. MobileMuster will responsibly recycle your mobiles and recover 99 per cent of the materials that can go back into making new products.

Remember to remove any data on your phone that you would like to keep before you recycle and feel secure that any data left on the devices is destroyed in the recycling process.

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Posted on February 20, 2017

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Bet you never thought your old mobile could be turned into a meal for someone in need? Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager at MobileMuster, explains why now is the time to recycle that old mobile.

UberEATS, Deliveroo, Menulog – there’s no doubt our mobile phones are quickly becoming the vehicle for our next meal. But these apps aren’t the only way you can organise a meal with your phone this week. Remember that old phone you have lying in your bottom drawer? You can turn that phone into a meal for an Aussies in need.

Here’s how.

1. The goal

Our aim is to recycle 60,000 mobiles which will help OzHarvest provide 60,000 meals to vulnerable Australians. While old mobile phones and food waste are typically unconnected, MobileMuster and OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue agency, have come together to take on these two big waste issues with one action.

2. The incentive

We know that Australians have a hard time letting go of their old mobiles with an estimated 25.5 million forgotten mobiles in the bottom drawer. That’s why we’re giving the community an added incentive to recycle through our Mobile for a Meal campaign.

3. How does it work?

For every mobile phone recycled by the end of February, MobileMuster will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest, helping them to feed people in need across the country.

4. The facts

Did you know that Australians waste around $10 billion dollars’ worth of food each year? That’s almost four million tonnes of food ending up in Australian landfill site. OzHarvest collects quality excess food from more than 2,000 commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to more than 900 charities in Australia.

5. Get recycling

Simply drop off your old mobile, along with any accessories including chargers to your nearest Telstra store. MobileMuster will recycle your old mobiles in a safe, secure and ethical way. Over 95% of the materials in a mobile phone are recovered and put back into the supply chain to make new products. Plus any data left on the devices is destroyed in the recycling process.

The time is now to get recycling, find your local Telstra store.

Find out more about Mobile for a Meal.

What is MobileMuster?
MobileMuster is the only not-for-profit government accredited mobile recycling program in Australia and is funded solely by the mobile phone industry’s members, including Telstra. The aim of the program is to keep old mobiles and accessories out of landfill and ensure they are recycled safely, securely and ethically. Nothing is resold and all data is destroyed.

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