Mobile phone donation program
NORTH Burnett Regional Council has become involved with the MobileMuster’s Mobile for a Meal campaign, encouraging people to recycle old mobile phones.
Mayor Rachel Chambers said for every mobile phone recycled through the project, MobileMuster would donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest, in turn tackling two of Australia’s big waste challenges – e-waste and food waste.
“Every day, OzHarvest rescues surplus food and delivers it to charities supporting people in need across the country,” Cr Chambers said.
“MobileMuster’s recent annual research into how many old mobiles there are in Australia found that there are more than 22.5 million old and unused mobiles phones going to waste in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia.
“This means there are now the same number, on average, of old unused mobiles in a home as there are people.
“We’re calling on our community to help us ensure these mobiles and accessories don’t end up in landfill by dropping them off at one of our local MobileMuster collection points.”
Residents wishing to recycle their old phones can drop them off at one of the council’s customer service centres or by using a reply-paid satchel available at Australia Post.
OzHarvest is an organisation that rescues surplus food and delivers it to charities supporting people in need across the country.