According to an ABC Report each year eight million mobile phones sold in Australia and these are being replaced every 18 to 24 months.
The Total Environment Centre argue that the industry run phone recycling program, Mobile Muster isn’t working, saying “once mobile phones reach landfill, heavy metals such as cadmium, lead and arsenic contained in the phone and battery can leach into ground water and put the environment and community health at risk.”
They’re urging governments to crack down on the industry and impose clear targets and suggest that like in other countries, a refundable deposit on old phones would be an incentive to encourage recycling.
Could schemes like Aussie Free Recycle encourage more recycling of household goods like mobile phones?
At the site, users unload household goods by advertising them for free giveaway, not sale like an auction site. The one rule in fact is that everything offered on the site must be free.
An interesting idea perhaps to reduce our never ending reliance on landfill.