From pocket to pans, recyclers breathe new life into old mobiles
AuPOTS pots, fences and precious metals skerrick-
This is the end of your phone being recycled.
Mobile phone industry recycling program MobileMuster is currently calling for the \"rounder\" who stores old phones to hand over their phones.
According to industry research, about 1 out of 3 Australians have two or more old phones hidden in their homes.
Rose Read, recycling manager at mobile muster, said that on average, 90 of a mobile phone can be recycled, and recycled parts can be used for other products, such as pots and pans, fences and new phones.
\"Most phones now have lithium-ion batteries.
\"The shell is nickel based and the inside is lithium ion,\" she said.
\"They can recover.
They get a cobalt oxide powder that can be used to make more batteries.
\"The Shell nickel keeps solid during processing.
They then chopped it up for stainless steel manufacturing.
Some of them will be used in the pan bowl pans basin and some may be put back into the battery.
Ms Reid said that the mobile phone circuit board was processed to recover a small amount of precious metals such as silver, gold, copper and lead, when the housing was mixed with other recycled materials to make new products.
\"The plastics are separate, they are chopped and then combined with the plastic on a computer or car in Melbourne and turned into a fence,\" she said . \".
MobileMuster\'s recycling program is supported by the industry tax on each mobile phone shipped to the country.
The manufacturer pays most of the fees and the rest is paid by the telephone operator.
In order to recycle your old phone with MobileMuster, you can personally drop your phone in the stores of most phone manufacturers and operators, including Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Nokia and
You can also pick up a free recycled satchel at Australia Post outlet and send your mobile phone by mail.