15 December 2017

How your old phone can feed those in need this summer

| Ian Bushnell
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OzHarvest’s Ronni Kahn and MobileMuster Recycling Manager Spyro Kalos with the OzHarvest van celebrating the Mobile for a Meal Campaign. Photo: Supplied.

You can make a meal out of your old mobile phone this summer by recycling it.

Industry-led recycler MobileMuster has teamed up for a second year with food charity OzHarvest for its Mobile for Meal campaign, where for every mobile recycled OzHarvest will deliver a meal to someone in need.

Last summer, 60,000 meals were delivered simply by people recycling their old mobile and the two not-for-profits are aiming higher this summer with a target of 70,000 phones and 70,000 meals.

MobileMuster Recycling Manager Spyro Kalos said it was a win-win situation.

“No one wants these old phones – you can’t use them, or sell them – they are quite literally useless, but if we recycle them over 99 per cent of the material can go back into making new products. In return, we will deliver a meal to someone in need.”

Mr Kalos said mobile phones were not biodegradable, and contained substances and materials that were potentially harmful to the environment.

“And it’s very easy to recycle your old mobile phone when it comes to the end of its life as there are over 3,5000 public collection points around Australia,” he said.

OzHarvest’s founder, Ronni Kahn said the demand for food donations was rising.

“There are now more than 3.6 million people experiencing food insecurity each year. At OzHarvest, we are doing our best to deliver good, nutritious food to people in need, but many agencies say they could take double to keep up with demand. With as little as $1 we can deliver 2 meals, so make sure you give your old mobile a new purpose,” she said.

To put a meal on someone’s plate is simple:

  1. Go to www.mobilemuster.com.au and find your nearest place to recycle
  2. Drop off your mobile along with any chargers and accessories into the MobileMuster recycling unit
  3. Or download a reply-paid label from the MobileMuster website and post it back for free
  4. Just make sure you recycle before the end of February 2018 to be a part of Mobile for a Meal

“When you recycle let us know by posting a photo of you and your old mobile on Facebook or Instagram, then use the hashtag #mobileforameal so all your friends can also get involved and do some good this summer,” Mr Kalos said.

For more information go to the MobileMuster website.

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