November Mobile Challenge

This November Battery World is partnering with the team at Mobile Muster again to run the November Mobile Battery (Recycling) Challenge 2013. Challenging Australia to find those 22 million plus old mobile phones, mobile phone batteries and accessories lurking at the bottom of drawers all over the country and bring them into the nearest Battery World store.

We're hoping to create a record breaker in collection numbers.

In 2012 Battery World partnered with Mobile Muster to create the National Mobile Battery Challenge for the month of November. We collected over 400kgs in November 2012 alone and a further 1000kgs up to June 2013.

Battery World has one of the only national programmes for collection of everyday batteries and is very proud of our association with Mobile Muster another premier voluntary battery recycling product stewardships in Australia focusing on mobile phones, batteries and accessories.

In 2011 Battery World partnered with Planet Ark and Century Yuasa to put the challenge out for car batteries and encouraged Australia to "look around your garage, shed or yard for dead and old car batteries and drop them off at a Battery World store during National Recycling Week!" 

Well we are excited to say that we eclipsed our expectations ten fold! The amount of car batteries you dropped off was unbeliveable!

Australia you dropped off over 70,000 kilos in one week! That’s enough batteries to fill every seat in the Darwin football stadium. Car, truck and 4WD batteries of every description were left with our stores and are continuing to be left at our stores for recycling.

That's loads of reusable material that will go into making new products from new car batteries to fence posts.


We also received loads of everyday and other batteries into the stores preventing many harmful chemicals leaking into the environment.

This year we want to create that sort of impact with the estimated 22 million+ unwanted mobile phones and batteries hiding in drawers, cupboards and garages across Australia. That's the equivalent of 2,200 tonnes of metal, minerals, plastic and glass - things that the planet desperately needs us to recycle.

Why? Here's just a few of the reasons why....

  • Over 90% of the materials used in mobiles and accessories can be recovered.
  • These materials can be used to make everything from stainless steel to plastic fence posts.
  • Mobiles should never be thrown out. They're not biodegradable, and they contain some materials that can potentially harm the environment if not handled correctly at the end of a phone's useful life.
  • Recycling 50,000 handsets can remove the need to mine 110 tonnes gold ore, 213 tonnes of silver bearing ore or 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore. Pretty precious stuff.
  • For every tonne of mobile phone materials recovered 10 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided.

But it's not all about one week or one month in the year!  Battery World *collects batteries of all shapes and sizes, including car batteries all year round. So don't stop looking around, collecting and dropping off your batteries to Battery World.

*NB Commercial quantities of  batteries may incur a charge.

Together we can work towards sustaining a beautiful Australia today and for the future. 

Phone 13 17 60 for direct connection to your local store or use the store finder to find your local Battery World store. 

Think Green, Act Purple this November!

Mobile Muster has collection facilities available if you are not able to drop in to a store.

Planet Ark's recycling near you hotline 1300 733 712 can assist if you live in an area where there may not be a Battery World store for collection of other batteries.

For more detailed information on Batteries, their disposal and recycling in Australia click on the report icon below.

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Did you know that in a recent study conducted by Planet Ark about 11% of people said that they had a battery somewhere waiting to take it to a collection point? That's around 200,000 car batteries that aren't being recycled! With another 14% who either threw their car batteries into their rubbish or recycling bin. That means around 20,000 tonnes going into landfill.