Endangered birds benefit from recycled mobile phones

MobileMuster donating funds to Landcare project
Throughout August 2021

A partnership between Landcare and MobileMuster is directing funds to a project restoring habitat for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater in North Central Victoria.

Barbie spoke to to coordinator of the Regent Honeyeater Project, Andie Guerin

The money provided by MobileMuster will help support local Victorian Landcare groups to restore remnant box-ironbark woodland and habitat for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater. This will be achieved through the planting of locally sourced indigenous plants including Banksia, Acacia, Allocasuarina and Eucalyptus species to improve landscape connectivity and food availability.

The Regent Honeyeater Project is a volunteer organisation formed in 1996 near Benalla with habitat and food sources the key targets. Since its inception, the Project has planted around 700,000 trees and built nearly 300kms of fencing.

The project works in partnership with local farmers and landholder, and also has a strong education focus in schools and universities. This work also supports a number of other threatened species, including the Squirrel Glider and Brush-Tailed Phascogale.

The recent Tokyo Olympics highlighted how the materials in old phones can be recovered and used again, with silver and gold from electronic waste being recycled to create the Olympic medals. MobileMuster says that every mobile recycled in August will support Landcare Australia’s important work.

All brands of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories, are accepted and will be recycled safely and sustainably. There are thousands of drop-off locations but there is also a post back option for easy recycling from home, especially during lockdown.

MobileMuster’s accredited program means that when a mobile is recycled, over 95% of the materials in it are recovered. This process reduces the impact of mobile phones on the environment by avoiding future greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources.

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