Mobile phone recycling continues to increase, according to the most recent annual report of the MobileMuster product stewardship program. Since 2006 the collection of available mobile phones has grown from 18% to 51%. The public collection network has grown to over 4,500 drop off sites across Australia.
Mobile phones, mobile phone batteries and accessories are collected and recycled by contractors TES-AMM Australia Pty Ltd and The Infoactiv Group. In 2011-12 batteries made up 13% of the mobile phone components collected. The batteries were primarily lithium ion (79%), followed by nickel metal hydride (17%) and a small percentage of nickel cadmium (3%) and lead (1%). Lithium ion and nickel metal hydride batteries are recycled by TES-AMM at their Singapore facility.
Download the MobileMuster Annual Report 2011-12 here.
The Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) manages MobileMuster on behalf of its members: Nokia, Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, Huawei, Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Virgin Mobile and Force Technology.
AMTA, TES-AMM and The Infoactiv Group all support battery recycling through their membership of the Australian Battery Recycling Initiative.