Important changes to 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' workplace collections
Author: Ryan Collins
Over a year ago, in partnership with MobileMuster,the capability to accept mobile phones, batteries and accessories in ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' black bags was introduced. However, there has been a recent change to the Australian Dangerous Goods Transport Code regarding the carrying of lithium batteries, which are found in some mobiles.
To meet the requirements of the Code, lithium batteries must now be separated from the body of mobile phone handsets and securely packaged in bubble wrap. In response to these changes, the logistics provider of our recycling partner (Close the Loop) has advised they will no longer collect 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' bags from workplaces if they contain mobile phones, batteries and accessories.
When do these changes take effect?
Close the Loop has ceased the collection of mobile phones, their batteries and accessories from all 'Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' workplace customers as of 13 June 2012.
Any mobile phones, batteries and accessories that organisations may have sent to Close the Loop in previous bags (or that may be in the bags they are using right now) will be handled as per the previous arrangements with MobileMuster.
The service to provide the collection and recycling of used printer cartridges via the black collection bags remains unchanged. We ask that you no longer place any mobile phones, their batteries or accessories into our bags. In addition, please remove all MobileMuster stickers, fliers, posters etc that you may have used previously.
What can I do to help?
How can I recycle mobiles now?
Workplaces that have taken advantage of this joint service in the past, or that wish to recycle their mobile phones, batteries and chargers in the future, can still do this directly with MobileMuster for free by either:
- posting them in using MobileMuster's reply paid mailing label Please package the mobile phones, batteries and chargers in a box as per the packaging instructions on the website, or
- registering as a permanent collection point with MobileMuster online or by calling 1300 730 070. You will be given free collection boxes, promotional materials and support, free pick up and recycling service as well as an annual report on collections processed.
For further information visit the ‘Cartridges 4 Planet Ark' website.
For more information on MobileMuster please visit their website.