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Whitsunday Regional Council has partnered with MobileMuster, the official product stewardshipprogram of the telecommunications industry in Australia, to provide a free mobile recycling service for Whitsunday residents.
“All mobile phone brands, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories will now be able to bedropped off at Council offices, libraries and landfill sites for MobileMuster to recycle,” MayorWhitney said.
“Everything collected is recycled to the highest environmental standard for resource recovery with nothing being resold.
“There are more than 23 million unused phones hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia, that’s one old phone for every Australian.
“That’s the equivalent of 2,450 tonnes of metals, minerals, plastic and glass – materials that theplanet desperately needs us to recycle.
“With the average person replacing their mobile phone every 18-24 months, mobiles should never be thrown out.
“They are not biodegradable, and may contain some potentially environmentally hazardousmaterial.
“Recycling 50,000 handsets replaces the need to mine 110 tonnes of gold ore, 123 tonnes of silver bearing ore or 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore.
“When recycled, over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as rawmaterials for new products. The materials recovered can be used to make everything from plastic fence posts to stainless steel products,” she said.
Where to recycle your old mobiles:
• Customer Contact Centre, 83-85 Main Street, Proserpine• Customer Contact Centre, 67 Herbert Street, Bowen• Customer Contact Centre, Cnr. Stanley and Conway Streets, Collinsville• Bowen Library, 67 Herbert Street, Bowen• Cannonvale Library, Centro Whitsunday Shopping Centre, Shute Harbour Road,Cannonvale• Collinsville Library, 37 Conway Street, Collinsville• Proserpine Library, 12 Main Street, Proserpine• Cannonvale Transfer Station, Carlo Drive, Cannonvale• Weighbridge Office Kelsey Creek Landfill, 79 Kelsey Creek Road, Proserpine• Gate Office Bowen Landfill, 908 Collinsville Road, Bowen
MobileMusters encourages deleting or removing any data that you want to keep from your SIMcard or mobile phone, although any data left on the device is destroyed in the recycling process.
For more information go to MobileMuster www.mobilemuster.com.au or contact Council’s Customer Contact Centres 4945 0200.
For media enquiries, contact:Kate Lennox, Communications ManagerPhone: 07 4945 0614, 0427 458 369 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org