Australia – Global handset manufacturer Alcatel One Touch has joined MobileMuster – Australia’s government-accredited recycling programme for e-scrap. Alcatel thus adds its name to a steadily growing list of well-known electronics manufacturers such as Microsoft, Motorola and Samsung as well as battery importer Force Technology and network operators like Vodafone.
According to Chris Althaus, ceo of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), this commitment proves that the mobile telecommunications industry takes its product stewardship responsibilities ‘very seriously’. And he goes on to say: ‘We are delighted to welcome Alcatel One Touch to this voluntary initiative. MobileMuster’s members promise to keep old mobiles out of landfill and recycle them in a safe, secure and ethical manner, placing reusable commodities back into the supply chain.’
Alcatel’s regional managing director Sam Skontos comments: ‘We are proud to be part of this world-leading, industry-funded recycling programme. It is the only government-accredited mobile phone recycling programme in Australia, giving us great confidence that our mobiles, batteries and accessories, once they have finished their useful life, will be recycled to the highest environmental standards.’
Since MobileMuster was started up in late 1998, it has diverted more than 1000 tonnes of mobile phones and accessories from landfill; this includes nearly 9 million handsets and batteries plus 550 tonnes of accessories.