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Help save the environment by recycling your old mobile phone

6 May 2015

Western Downs Regional Council are helping residents and the environment by providing an environmentally friendly and free service for the disposal of old and unwanted mobile phones, sitting unused in drawers, cupboards and garages across the region.

Spokesperson for Environment and Health Councillor Greg Olm said residents should never throw out their old and unused mobiles, batteries and accessories.

“Mobile phones are not biodegradable and many contain some potentially environmentally hazardous material. By recycling your old mobiles, over 90 per cent of the materials used can be recovered and made into new items,” he said

“Western Downs Regional Council has partnered with MobileMuster to provide a free recycling service to residents, with designated drop-off boxes at Customer Service Centres across the region.

“I encourage residents to delete or remove any data from their phones, before dropping them off as any data left will be destroyed in the recycling process.”

Check out Council’s website at www.wdrc.qld.gov.au to find your nearest drop-off point or post unwanted mobiles in to Council using a free reply-paid satchel available from any Australia Post store.

For further information about the national recycling program of the mobile phone industry, visit www.mobilemuster.com.au.

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