We all have one; a little rough around the edges, not as cool as they used to be, or maybe you’ve upgraded to the latest model, they are simply old, broken, and unwanted. We’re talking about mobiles, millions in fact.
Around Australia there are almost 5 million old mobile phones which are no longer working, along with their chargers and accessories, begging to be lifted out of the junk drawer and be put to better use, which is exactly what Australian’s can do this summer.
Not for profit’s MobileMuster and OzHarvest have teamed up to give Australians a great reason to recycle their old phone, because this summer for every mobile recycled they will deliver a meal to someone in need.
The campaign, Mobile for a Meal, returns for a second year after a hugely successful recycling drive last summer, where 60,000 meals were delivered simply by people recycling their old mobile, this year they are aiming to recycle 70,000 and help deliver 70,000 meals to those in need.
“It is one of those beautiful win-win situations where no one wants these old phones – you can’t use them, or sell them – they are quite literally useless, but if we recycle them over 99% of the material can go back into making new products. In return, we will deliver a meal to someone in need,” said Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster.
“It’s important to remember that mobile phones are not biodegradable, and they contain substances and materials that can potentially harm the environment,”
“And it’s very easy to recycle your old mobile phone when it comes to the end of its life as there are over 3,500 public collection points around Australia,” said Kalos.
OzHarvest’s Founder, Ronni Kahn said the demand for food is on the rise. “There are now more than 3.6 million people experiencing food insecurity each year. At OzHarvest we are doing our best to deliver good, nutritious food to people in need, but many agencies say they could take double to keep up with demand. With as little as $1 we can deliver 2 meals, so make sure you give your old mobile a new purpose.”
Getting involved in the Mobile for a Meal campaign is simple:
1. Go to www.mobilemuster.org.au and find your nearest place to recycle
2. Drop off your mobile along with any chargers and accessories into the MobileMuster recycling unit
3. Or download a reply-paid label from the MobileMuster website and post it back for free
4. Just make sure you recycle before the end of February 2018 to be a part of Mobile for a Meal
“When you recycle let us know by posting a photo of you and your old mobile on Facebook or Instagram, then use the hashtag #mobileforameal so all your friends can also get involved and do some good this summer,” concluded Kalos.
For more go to http://www.mobilemuster.com.au and to read the Terms and Conditions.
MobileMuster is the only not-for-profit government accredited mobile phone recycling program in Australia and is funded solely by mobile phone industry’s members Microsoft, Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, ZTE, Alcatel, Oppo, HMD Global (Nokia), Google, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone and Virgin Mobile. The program aims to keep mobiles and accessories out of landfill and ensure they are recycled safely, securely and ethically. Nothing is resold and all data is destroyed.
OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1000 charities supporting people in need across the country. Founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste from the hospitality industry, she decided there had to be a better way. Starting in Sydney with one van – the first of many donations from Goodman+ Foundation – she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month. OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 100 tonnes of food each week from over 3,000 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.