Tweed City Optus staff Charlee Farlow and Michael Anthony, show off phones donated for the muster.
Tweed City Optus staff Charlee Farlow and Michael Anthony, show off phones donated for the muster. SCOTT POWICK

Tweed musters up a lot of old phones

THE Tweed Heads community has gone above and beyond for the environment by recycling 28.16kgs of mobile phone handsets and accessories to Optus Tweed City over the past 12 months.

The contributions, made by residents from across the Tweed, ranks in the top 15 of contributions to Optus stores nationwide as part of the Australian mobile phone industry’s Mobile Muster initiative.

The high number of mobiles handed into Optus at Tweed City will ultimately result in keeping mobile phones out of landfill, while saving energy, protecting the environment and helping to conserve natural resources.

Optus Tweed City store manager Mark Bollington said the store was proud to be included as one of the highest Optus mobile phone recycling stores in Australia.

“We have a passionate team in Tweed City and we’re always looking for new ways we can support the local community,” Mr Bollington said.

“We regularly have customers coming in to find out the best way to dispose of their old mobile devices and our team are happy to provide them a convenient, safe and secure disposal method in their local store.”

There are 29 million mobile phone subscribers in Australia, with about nine million new handsets shipped every year through Optus, with most subscribers upgrading every 12-18 months.

Yet over 50% are kept in storage, unused and unwanted, leaving approximately 25.5million mobile phone handsets to clutter Australian homes.

All mobile phones collected by the Mobile Muster initiative are recycled, nothing is resold and any data left on the device is destroyed. Residents are encouraged to dispose of broken and unused devices in an eco-friendly manner by visiting an Optus store.



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