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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

9 December 2005

Mobile muster - the right call for old phones


The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, has urged mobile phone users to dispose of their unwanted phones through an industry recycling programme launched today.

“Australian homes and offices contain some 12 million disused mobile phones,” Senator Campbell said.

“The arrival of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association’s MobileMuster programme enables consumers to do the right thing and recycle their old phones.

“More than 1000 mobile phone retail stores across Australia are involved in the programme, making it easy for consumers to take advantage of the service.

“Mobile phones contain many valuable components including metals and plastics, and through proper recycling we can salvage their value. This will help the environment.”

Senator Campbell said all redundant mobile phones in his department would be recycled through the muster.

“I congratulate AMTA on its commitment to deliver this simple and free service and am delighted that industry is seriously tackling the recycling issue,” he said.

For more information visit www.deh.gov.au/settlements/waste/index.html or www.mobilemuster.com.au

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Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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