Waste & Resource Recovery

Recycling old phones to help our furry friends

RSPCA’s Reloved stores and Op Shops have launched its ‘Phones for Furry Friends’ initiative in time for Global Recycling Day and will run all throughout March. The initiative invites the people of Perth to drop their old mobile phones in store to be recycled in a bid to help the environment and animals in need.

Phones will be sold to a recycling company to raise funds to help rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals suffering from cruelty and neglect. Anyone who brings in a handset will get a $5 voucher to spend at any of RSPCA’s six retail stores between now and the end of June.

“According to MobileMuster, there’s an estimated 30 million old mobile phones lying around in drawers, boxes and hidden corners of houses across Australia,” said Hazel Thaw, RSPCA WA retail operations manager.

“Over 90 per cent of the materials in these unused phones can be recovered and recycled – so it’s a huge untapped resource.

“RSPCA’s Phones for Furry Friends initiative is the perfect opportunity for people to embrace Global Recycling Day and put the planet first. Helping abused, abandoned and neglected animals and scoring a $5 voucher is an added feel-good bonus.”

Phones can be dropped off at Reloved stores in North Perth, Subiaco and Fremantle, or at Op Shops in Mirrabooka, Bibra Lake and Port Kennedy.

While in store, people can also donate pre-loved clothes, accessories, homewares and collectibles.