Donate Old or Unused Mobile Phones

Hawkesbury City Council is pleased to support a joint venture initiated by The Spastic Centre and the Aussie Recycling Program encouraging Hawkesbury residents to donate old and unused mobile telephones, working or not, for recycling.

Australians buy new mobile phones at the rate of 3 - 4 million phones per year and there is an estimated 10 -18 million phones lying around in home cupboards and office desks. While they are accepted now as one of life's conveniences, mobile phones contain a cocktail of highly toxic elements such as cadmium, arsenic and lead which can cause a variety of serious health issues in humans if released into the environment. Poisonous substances, which leach from decomposing waste in landfills, can seep into groundwater, contaminate the soil and enter the food chain, so it is essential that these millions of unused phones do not end up in landfill.

The Spastic Centre are asking Hawkesbury residents to help solve this problem by participating in the program. The Spastic Centre, together with its project partner Aussie Recycling Program will cover the cost of getting the phones from you to them.

Each donated phone contributes $3 to $5 to The Spastic Centre, providing funding for children and adults with cerebral palsy.

When the telephones are collected, those that are not damaged or too old are cleaned and repaired. They are then sent overseas for re-sale in developing countries, to provide affordable access to telecommunications in areas which currently have little modern telecommunication infrastructure. All other mobile phones are fully recycled, with component parts available for re-use. This helps save our planet's precious resources as well as keep potentially toxic ingredients safe.

Hawkesbury City Council has postage paid bags available from office reception for the delivery of the phones to the Aussie Recycling Program. Residents are encouraged to drop your phone in to either Windsor or Richmond Libraries or the Council offices at Windsor.

For further information on the mobile phone recycling initiative, please contact Jill Lennon at The Spastic Centre on (02) 9975 8276 or email at jlennon@tscnsw.org.au or visit the Spastic Centre Website.

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