Councils win at the MobileMuster Awards

MobileMuster, recognised their top local government recyclers at the NGA in Canberra this week. 

With electronic waste one of the faster growing waste streams in Australia, MobileMuster demonstrates how industry and government can work together to deliver a great recycling service to the community.  

With the support of local councils, the government-accredited mobile phone recycling program works to raise awareness and encourage recycling action. 

The District Council of Kimba in South Australia had the honour of taking out the National Top Collector per Capita. Located halfway across Australia on the northern Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, the agricultural district has been involved in the MobileMuster program since 2007. Each year the council books in a free collection with MobileMuster.

Spyro Kalos, Manager, MobileMuster said, “It’s great to have regional and remote councils, such as the District Council of Kimba, be active MobileMuster collection partners. It helps to make the program accessible and convenient for local residents.

“Councils play a crucial role in encouraging the community to recycle. Over the past 12 years they’ve done an incredible job of delivering almost 34 tonnes of mobiles and accessories for recycling. 

“The real winner is the environment which benefits from the hard work and commitment of local councils that provide the community with a responsible and secure way to recycle their mobile phones.” 

The top collectors are determined by total weight of mobile phones and accessories that have been collected by each council across Australia between 1 May 2017 and 30 April 2018.

A list of winning councils is below:


Top local council collectors in each state:

New South Wales: Hornsby Shire Council

Northern Territory: Alice Springs Town Council

Queensland: Brisbane City Council

South Australia: City of Onkaparinga

Tasmania: Waratah Wynyard Council

Victoria: Nillumbik Shire Council

Western Australia: City of Stirling


National top collector per capita:

South Australia: District Council of Kimba


Since MobileMuster started in 1998, more than 1,320 tonnes of mobile phone components have been collected and recycled. This includes more than 11.1 million handsets and batteries.