Waste & Resource Recovery

Phoning in success with mobile recycling

Lake Macquarie is one of the top five cities in NSW for mobile phone recycling, with more than 700 handsets and accessories saved from landfill in the 2017-18 financial year.

The City has once again been named a Top Collector finalist in the MobileMuster Local Government Awards – an annual program recognising high achieving Councils across Australia.

Hal Dobbins, senior waste officer for Lake Macquarie City Council, said residents handed in more than 140kg of mobile handsets, chargers and batteries for recycling in the 2017-18 financial year.

“This is a fantastic result and reflects the dedication our City has to recycling and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill,” Dobbins said.

“But we can always do more. Many households have obsolete or broken phones sitting in a cupboard or drawer, and I’d urge them to drop their handsets and mobile phone accessories off to any of our Community Recycling Stations.”

Lake Macquarie City Council operates Community Recycling Stations at six Library branches in the region, at its Speers Point administration building, and at its Works Depot at Boolaroo.

Nationwide, the MobileMuster program has collected and recycled 90 tonnes of mobile phone components in the 2018 calendar year – equivalent to about 1.2 million handsets and batteries.

Other Top Collector NSW finalists include Hornsby Shire Council, Lismore City Council, Liverpool City Council and Randwick City Council.

Winners will be announced at the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly in Canberra in June.