Zoos SA is working with PhoneCycle, who manage the collection and processing of the mobile phones and devices. Whether you have dropped your phone at Adelaide or Monarto Zoo, arranged a courier yourself or are donating phones through schools and workplaces, every device ends up with PhoneCycle. They are then examined and graded individually, to assess the donation value and best environmental outcome for each device. Their value is assessed based on the make, model and grade, and includes if they are working, are complete, incomplete or damaged and whether they are obsolete or have a low market demand for reuse.
The technical team at PhoneCycle tries to complete and refurbish as many phones as possible using the parts received from non-working phones to ensure maximum reuse of the phones they receive.
If mobile devices are not suitable for reuse, they are recycled through MRI e-cycle Solutions. If mobile phones or their parts cannot be reused then over 95% of their materials can be recycled.
All mobile phone accessories such as chargers, as well as batteries from phones not suitable for reuse are sent on to MobileMuster, who complete the recycling process. MobileMuster is the recycling program of the Australian mobile phone industry, voluntarily fund by the major telecommunications companies.