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CLEAN UP CALLS FOR YOUR OLD MOBILE IN POST-CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

Clean Up calls for your old mobile in post-Christmas collection

Media Release - 14 January 2011

Clean Up calls for your old mobile in post-Christmas collection
 
Clean Up Australia is calling for post-Christmas donations of unwanted mobile phones. All mobiles donated will be recycled to reduce Australia’s ever growing amount of e-waste.
 
With tens of thousand of new phones being connected to the mobile networks during the Christmas period, Clean Up Australia hopes to capture unwanted mobile phones before they end up in landfill. 

According to the Australian Communications and Media Authority, there are now more active mobile phones than people in Australia. With most people upgrading their mobile phone every 12-24 months, millions of mobile phones are being disposed of every year.

A single mobile phone contains a range of toxic compounds including lead, nickel, cadmium, mercury and brominated flame-retardant plastics. When buried in landfill discarded mobiles can leach these substances, creating a long term source of water and soil pollution.

The recycling of mobile phones prevents this contamination and saves valuable resources, such as metals, fossil fuels, water and energy.

"There are millions of mobile phones in Australian’s drawers and cupboards just waiting to be recycled," said Ian Kiernan AO, Chairman of Clean Up Australia. "You can help protect the environment and raise money for Clean Up by sending in your old mobile phones."

For every mobile phone sent to Clean Up Australia for recycling, the organisation receives a $3 donation. Money raised from this campaign is used to fund Clean Up Australia’s waste reduction campaigns.     

To find out how to recycle your old mobile phone, head to Clean Up Australia's website www.cleanup.org.au and click on 'Clean Up Mobile Phones '.

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For more information please contact:
Marita Dortins Ph: 02 8197 3408 / 0415 385 056, marita@cleanup.org.au .

 

 
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