As a new/re-current player in the Australian mobile industry, HMD Global, the makers of Nokia phones has today announced they’ve signed on to MobileMuster in Australia.

MobileMuster is the Australian mobile telecommunications industry’s official recycling program. According to their website, MobileMuster is a ‘free not for profit mobile phone recycling program that accepts all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories.’

In Australia, MobileMuster is supported by all the carriers and a number of big name manufacturers including Samsung, Huawei, Motorola, HTC, Alcatel, ZTE and now HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones has joined, or re-joined the fold.

Chief Executive Officer of AMTA, Chris Althaus points out that ‘Nokia phones was a founding member of MobileMuster in 1998.’

The program is designed to keep old tech out of landfill, with e-waste a growing problem in our connected, technologically advancing world.

Since their inception in 1998, MobileMuster has diverted more than 1,320 tonnes of mobiles and accessories from landfill for recycling. To date they have recycled an estimated 11.9 million handsets and batteries.

Mark Trundle, Country Manager for HMD Global Australia said

As we bring the new range of Nokia Android smartphones, including the latest Nokia 8, into the Australian market we are proud to join the industry-funded program and offer our customers a sustainable recycling service. The mobile telecommunications industry is delighted to welcome Nokia phones, one of the industry’s most iconic and recognisable brands, to our world-class recycling program.

Mobile Muster will destroy data on phones, with all equipment recycled. Nothing is resold. You can drop off your old phones at more than 3,500 points around Australia, or

MobileMuster accepts and recycles all brands and types of mobile phones, batteries, chargers and accessories. Everything is recycled, nothing is resold and all data is destroyed. There are over 3,500 drop-off points Australia wide for consumers to recycle their old mobiles, batteries and accessories – or you can download a mailing label and send them in.

Source: MobileMuster.