Over the last twenty years we have seen a huge change in mobile phones. Twenty years ago many of us had the trusty Nokia mobile as one of our first mobile phones. Now there is an abundance of phone to choose from. Smart phones now days can do just about everything. We use them to take photos, plan our calendar, play games, social media, give us directions as well as make phone calls. With so many advances in mobile phone technology over the years there has been a huge increase in the amount of waste from phones. So, what can we do to make sure we recycle mobile phones?
Mobile phones are not biodegradable but the good news is we can reuse many parts of old mobiles. It is estimated that there are 23 million unused mobiles across Australia, that is a huge amount. There is no need for mobiles to sit around your hiding in junk house drawers. There are now ways to recycle your old mobile phones. Most of the major mobile phone retailers in Australia offer a drop off point for Mobile Muster. Mobile Muster is helping reduce e-waste by. It is a recycling program for mobile phones. All makes and models of mobile phones are accepted along with mobile batteries, chargers, even smart watches.
Mobile phones have many parts that can be recycled and reused. Materials that can be taken and recycled from mobiles phones include glass, aluminium, plastics and small amounts of copper, silver and platinum. These items can be recycled and produce lots of new items, saving on the need for natural resources.
Although it may seem like such a small item to make such a big environmental impact. Recycling mobile phones can save energy, help reduce greenhouse gases and protect the environment. Every little bit helps to protect and conserves our environment.