New life for unused phones

News Update 3 March 2022

The City has partnered with local not-for-profit organisation Hello Initiative on an exciting Mobile Support program. The program looks to not only improve social and judicial outcomes for young West Australians but combat the growing problem of electronic waste (eWaste) in our City and across the state. 

The Mobile Support Program works by setting up dedicated recycle points for old and unused mobile phones. The phones are restored and pre-load with apps, contacts and monthly credit. The mobile phones are then provided to vulnerable youths helping them to stay connected with critical services such as food relief, crisis accommodation and mental health support. 

The City is encouraging community members to show their support by dropping off their unused working phones at one of the recycling points across the City and help support our commitment to limiting items like eWaste from ending up in landfill.

Drop off locations are at South Perth Library, Manning Library and the Recycling Centre.

Hello Initiative are in need of:

  • Working smartphones. If your phone works or even if it doesn't turn on, Hello Initiative can repair minor damages.
  • Devices that are 2014 models or later. Unfortunately phone producers start to phase old model phones out. These can still be recycled.
  • Factory reset devices. Please disconnect your phone from all accounts and factory reset it before donating. Visit Hello Initiative website for instructions on how to do this.

For more information about recycling programs at the City visit our recycling page.


Contact us

For more information, please contact the City.