Residents of Whyalla, do you own old, surplus mobile phones? If so we have the answer to your disposal problems.
You can now bring your old phones into the Whyalla City Council Office located in Darling Tce, pop them in the special recycle box and we will do the rest. This partnership between the Whyalla City Council, Clean Up Australia and Aussie Recycling Program aims to divert disused mobile phones from ending up in landfill.
This environmentally safe disposal of unwanted mobile phones is a growing e-waste issue, so this new service is a pro-active way in which Council could assist both residents and the environment.
Australians purchase around seven million new mobile phones each year, with an estimated 12.4 million phones lying around in home cupboards and office desks.
Getting rid of phones in the correct manner ensures that poisonous substances are kept out of landfill. Mobile phones contain a cocktail of highly toxic elements such as cadmium, arsenic and lead these can lead to a variety of serious health issues if released into the environment.
Phones that are not too old or damaged will be cleaned up, repaired and sent overseas to developing countries. This will help provide access to telecommunications in countries that currently have very little or no modern phone systems. All other mobiles will be recycled with zero waste going to landfill.
An independent survey of 900 people across Australia by the Klein Partnership in early 2005 revealed that:
Over 90% of the materials in mobile phones can be recovered and used as raw materials for new products.