Recycling mobiles 'protects the planet from harmful elements'

18 December 2008 — 5:24 PM

Recycling mobile phones can stop a wide selection of harmful metals and elements going to landfill, one expert has advised.

A spokeswoman for MobileMuster, an Australian programme which seeks to educate consumers on the benefits of handing in used mobiles, said a number of schools had recently done their bit for the environment by getting involved.

Speaking to the West Australian, manager of the initiative Rose Read said one particular institution had been able to generate over 160 used mobile devices.

"They have also diverted heavy metals like cadmium and lead from landfill and helped avoid future greenhouse gas emissions, by returning essential metals and plastics for reuse," she noted.

The newspaper added that including the other schools involved, which number over 300, an estimated 10,520 handsets could now be reused in a greener fashion.

Last month, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association set itself a number of targets to raise awareness and participation in recycling mobiles.

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