Mobile for a meal

Posted by on November 23, 2017

This December OzHarvest and Mobile Muster are launching our Mobile for a Meal campaign. For every mobile recycled this summer Mobile Muster will donate a meal through OzHarvest to Australians in need.*

Mobile Muster is aiming to recycle 70,000 mobile phones by the end of February so that OzHarvest can deliver 70,000 meals to people in need across the country!

To recycle your old mobile search for your nearest collection point here or drop off your old mobiles at any of the below retail stores.


Download the posters, social media image and video below to help promote the Mobile for a Meal campaign in your workplace. If you need any further information contact Mobile Muster.

Mobile Phone Waste Facts & Figures

  • There are over 40 million tonnes of electronic waste in the world which represents over $68 billion of potentially reusable resources. (1)
  • Australians are among the highest users of technology and produce an estimated 25kg of electronic waste each every year. (2)
  • In Australia there are over 23 million old unused and unwanted mobile phones and 5 million of these mobiles phones are broken and no longer working.
  • Over 96% of the materials used in mobile phones and accessories can be recovered.
  • For every tonne of mobile phone materials recovered, 10 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided.

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Aussies’ old phones dial up 60,000 meals for those in need with Mobile for a Meal

Posted by on March 23, 2017

Australians have rallied together for a worthy cause, decluttering their homes and donating 60,000 old phones to be as part of MobileMuster and OzHarvest’s successful summer initiative Mobile For A Meal. The recycled phones will allow OzHarvest to deliver 60,000 meals to people in need.

Mobile For A Meal has been a huge success for the MobileMuster program,” said Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager at MobileMuster, “we have seen a 17% increase in the number of phones we usually collect over those summer months which means more Australians are recycling.”

“The initiative has been successful in three important ways: encouraging people to recycle, keeping old mobile phones out of landfill and contributing to the important work that OzHarvest are doing,” he concluded.

“I am overjoyed that so many people have put their old mobile phones to good use,” said Ronni Kahn, CEO of OzHarvest, “through this great partnership, old technology has been saved from landfill and turned into a healthy hot meal for someone who really needs it”.

Although e-waste and food waste aren’t typically related, the initiative tackled these two growing waste issues in Australia. $10 billion of food is wasted every year, while there are over 25 million old mobiles sitting around in Australian homes waiting to be recycled.

“Recycling efforts have not only helped OzHarvest but also helped the mobile phone industry to play their role in product stewardship and ensure that products that reach their end of life are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way,” said Stuart MacIntyre, Chair of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) which manages the MobileMuster program.