Do you have an old mobile phone sitting in a draw or cupboard? If you do, why not consider recycling your old phone, tablet or iPad for a good cause.
9.5 million phones were sold in Australia in 2014 with similar numbers expected to sell this year; adding to the 16 – 23 million phones lying around in home cupboards and office desks.
Mobile phones and other hand held devices contain a cocktail of highly toxic elements including cadmium, arsenic and lead which leach into our environment when phones are thrown into landfill. These poisonous substances can seep into groundwater, contaminate the soil, enter the food chain and can cause serious health issues to humans and animals.
Douglas Shire Council has partnered with the Aussie Recycle Program (ARP) to prevent mobile phones, tablets, iPads and their accessories from ending up in landfill. Council asks that if you have any mobile phone or hand held device you may no longer want or need to please recycle.
As well as protecting the environment this initiative also has a philanthropic focus. The program aims to raise much needed funds for charities with ARP donating money for every reusable phone and hand held device collected.
Bring your reusable or broken mobile phone or tablet, along with accessories like chargers and power cords, into Council for recycling. Any funds raised from those devices which are reusable will be donated to the annual Mayor’s Christmas Appeal.
Recycle Mobile Phone boxes are now located at Council Chambers in Front Street, Mossman and at the Council Libraries in Mill Street, Mossman and Mowbray Street, Port Douglas. Keep Australia Beautiful!