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CFA wins phone recycling award
In the MobileMuster 2016 Workplace Awards, CFA has won the Top Collector – Victoria achievement award for recycling the most mobile phones.
This is a fantastic achievement for both CFA and the environment.
To win the award, CFA recycled 153.83kg of mobile phone components last financial year – roughly 824 handsets, 1,109 batteries and 61kg of accessories.
Mobile phones should not be thrown in the rubbish, because they're not biodegradable so won't break down. Also, mobiles contain some materials that can harm the environment if they end up in landfill.
Almost all the metals and plastics used in a mobile phone are recyclable and can be reused to make new products.
“I’d like to emphasise the great effort by Kay Cameron to sustain this initiative,” said Manager IT Operations Alex Rojas, whose team coordinates the recycling.
“This overall contribution from CFA has made us part of the group of workplaces who increased their collections from the previous year and diverted over 5,122kg of mobiles, batteries, chargers and accessories from landfill,” he said.
MobileMuster is a federal government-backed not-for-profit mobile phone recycling program, managed by the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.