In 2002 75% of Australian households had at least one mobile phone. Like other new technologies there’s pressure onÂ mobile phone users to constantly upgrade their phone. That means that there’s millions of old mobiles heading into landfill.
Throwing a mobile into the bin is particularly worrying given the toxic chemicals that are common mobile phone components. Arsenic, Beryllium, Cadmium, Copper, Lead, Lithium, Mercury and Zinc are all commonly found in mobile phones.
Clean up Australia in association with Aussie Recycling has set up a mobile phone recycling program that ensures that no mobile phone waste will make it into landfill.Â This means no toxins in the environment – but wait there’s more. The recycling program will help to raise funds for The Spastic Centre – helping to provide services for children and adults with cerebral palsy. The program also helps to provide affordable communication to developing countries.
To donate your old mobile just pop in to the service desk and pick up a yellow phone recycling satchel. This provides free postage for your old mobile.