Old mobiles can have a new life
TWEED Shire Council is participating in a mobile phone collection program as part of National Recycling Week.
Mobile phone collection points will be set up at the Tweed Shire Council offices in Murwillumbah and Tweed Heads until November 19 as part of National Recycling Week.
Tweed Shire Council sustainability officer Dan Walton said this was the first time they had participated in the program, an initiative between Clean Up Australia and Aussie Recycling Programs, and to date had about 30 phones in the collection boxes.
"The phones that are still working are sent to developing countries and the broken ones are recycled - the key components are taken out and reused," he said.
"There's an estimated 10 million phones lying around in homes and offices. Australians are buying new mobile phones at the rate of nearly 4 million phones per year."
The phones can be placed in recycling boxes at council offices or reply paid mobile phone satchels can be collected. For every phone recycled Clean Up Australia receives up to $3.