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The ins and outs of mobile phone recycling

22 Apr 2016
Mariah - amaysim blogger


amaysim's content guru

Recycling your phone is important because if they end up in the rubbish, they’ll go into landfill- and the best thing about recycling your old mobile phone is just how easy it is.

Pop quiz: how many phones have you had so far and where are they all? For a lot of us, that answer would be “a few” and “in that draw full of kind-of-important junk”. I’m sure the more generous amongst us have passed on their phones to younger siblings or hopeless friends who always manage to smash a screen or lose their phone. Good on you.

Another cool alternative to leaving you phone to gather dust is to consider recycling it. Interested? Find out more below.

Mobile recycling is good for the planet

Did you know that there are now more old phones lying around Australia than the entire national population? Think about that for a second. New figures released by Mobile Muster, the people behind the Oz industry’s official recycling scheme, say the number of old mobiles cluttering up Australian homes has hit 25.5 million. That’s a lot of phones.

With that being said, we have a pretty good track-record. The number of people in Australia who throw their mobiles away is reducing and is currently at 2%. And the number of people who recycle their old mobile has grown over the past decade, currently at about 12%.

With Earth Day 2106 happening around the world on April 22, now is a great time to focus on e-waste and mobile phone recycling. It’s just one way we can better care for the environment, not just for one day, but all year round.

Why we should we recycle our mobiles?

Recycling your phone is important because if they end up in the rubbish, they’ll go into landfill. That sucks for the environment as they’re not biodegradable, so they won’t break down. On the other hand, 90% of the materials used in a mobile can be recycled to make new products. This saves energy, helps protect the environment, and conserves our scarce natural resources too.

The good folks at Mobile Muster are committed to keeping our phones out of landfill. When it gets down to it, what they do is break down every mobile into different components: batteries, plastics, circuits, and accessories such as power supplies.

From these components, they’re able to extract materials for re-use including precious metals, copper, and plastics. As well as lessening the global impact of mining for more of these resources, entirely new items can be made from these extracted elements. That includes stuff like stainless steel appliances, plastic fence posts, and new batteries. Pretty cool huh?

How do you recycle your mobile?

The best thing about recycling your old mobile phone is how easy it is. You can do your bit for the planet simply by dropping off your mobile and accessories to an official collection spot – and the good news is – there are heaps of them!

To find one near you, just pop in your postcode at the MobileMuster ‘recycle a mobile’ page. You can either drop your phone off or pick up a free reply paid satchel that you can post back to MobileMuster.

You can take the initiative at work too. Here at amaysim HQ, in addition to the roaming llama and 90-foot waterslide, we actually have a mobile phone recycling box in the office to keep the issue top of mind. Feel free to adopt this idea and pass it off as your own – we won’t tell.

Happy recycling!


Mariah – amaysim's content gal


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Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5: Everything we know so far

13 Aug 2020

Fresh on the heels of the Pixel 4A being announced, the hype train for the Google Pixel 5 is now well and truly underway.

After months of speculation about whether the Pixel 5 launch would be pushed back, Google put much of this chatter to rest by providing a sneak peak of the Pixel 5 during the recent launch of the Pixel 4A.

Last years flagship device, the Pixel 4, was a phone full of potential. As we've come to expect from the Pixel series, it featured an incredibly powerful camera, however its average battery life, held it back from being a serious contender for phone of the year.

While the Pixel 4 had its flaws, it was still a really good phone overall, and it will interesting to see how this years model, stacks up against other flagship models from 2020 such as the Samsung Galaxy S20 and Apple's highly anticipated iPhone 12.

With all this said, we wouldn't count Google out from delivering something special and with such a positive early response to the Pixel 4A, perhaps 2020 will prove to be the year of the Pixel.

To help bring you up to speed on what Google has in-store with this years flagship Pixel device, here's everything we know so far about the Pixel 5.

at a glance: rumoured Google Pixel 5 features

  • Expected October release
  • 5G connectivity
  • Android 11
  • New camera features; Adjustable Flash, Motion Blur & Audio Zoom
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

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    Expect 5G

    It's widely expected the Pixel 5 will include 5Gconnectivity.

    The feature was all but confirmed in early August with the announcement of the Pixel 4A, where Google teased two new 5G devices, the Pixel 5 and a 5G version of the Pixel 4A, both of which are set to be released during the final quarter of 2020.

    Release Date

    Since the phone’s inception back in 2016, Google has remained incredibly consistent with their release schedule for the flagship Pixel series, with all previous launches taking place in October. This trend is set to continue, after a leak surfaced from a Google affiliated website in France, claiming the Pixel 5 will be available for pre-order from October 8.

    Android 11

    This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, since a beta version of Android 11 is already available for public download, however it’s expected the Pixel 5 will be the first device to don the latest Android software straight out the box.

    Some of the expected improvements and features of Android 11 include a new media player widget, easier ways to control smart home devices using your phone, a new power button menu and refinements to the messaging system and conversation bubbles.

    Pixel 5 Render
    Image Credit: Google

    Design & Display

    Last year Google teased images of the Pixel 4 in the months leading up to its official launch. This time round, the only confirmed sighting of the Pixel 5 has been the side image (seen above) which Google teased during the launch of the Pixel 4A.

    Outside of this image, there have been a number of different leaks floating about which have helped paint a picture of what this years phone might look like.

    Like the Pixel 4, it's expected the Pixel 5 will feature an OLED panel, with a matte glass finish on the back and full HD/QHD resolution. According to Front Page Tech who gained access to an early Pixel 5 prototype, a forehead bezel on the front side of the device is also expected to remain.

    In terms of refresh rate, last year we got to enjoy a smooth 90Hz experience with the Pixel 4. However with Samsung (and others) already making the jump to 120Hz and Apple reportedly looking to do the same with the iPhone 12, it will be interesting to see if Google sees this as an important feature upgrade and whether they'll look to roll out a 120Hz refresh rate with the Pixel 5.

    A Mighty Fine Camera

    While earlier leaks suggested the Pixel 5 would include a triple-lens camera on the rear of the device, more recent leaks suggest Google will once again opt for a two camera setup on the back.

    The quality of images with the Pixel 4 were outstanding, so it's not as if this should be a concern. For some though, the added flexibility of a third, wide angle lens, would of been the cherry on top, for a camera that many consider one of the top-tier mobile phone cameras.

    With that said, Google doesn't appear to be standing still, instead opting to fine-tune the Pixel's two-camera setup by adding new features.

    Expected new features include an adjustable camera flash, a new motion blur feature and the introduction of audio zoom, which will allow you to zoom in when recording video to help you capture audio more precisely.

    Long story short, it looks like we're in for a treat with this years camera setup.

    Under The Hood

    In the past, Pixel devices have typically featured the best Qualcomm chip available, which this year would be the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With the Pixel 5, this might not be case, with an inside scoop from 9to5Google suggesting the phone may be shipped with a Snapdragon 765G processor.

    The Snapdragon 765 is more of a mid-range chip, unlike the high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 which powers the latest Samsung phones. This would suggest slightly less processing power than some of its competitors. With that said, the 765 is obviously no slouch and will still pack a solid punch in terms of performance.

    In terms of RAM, while it hasn't been a huge strength of the Pixel series in the past, there should be improvements on this front, with the Pixel 5 set to include 8GB of RAM in comparison to last years 6GB.