MobileMuster is inviting students from around the country to produce a creative piece that inspires recycling action. With two $5,000 first prizes and a total prize pool of $16,000 the competition opens on June 12 and entries will be accepted until September 30.  

This year the competition is expanded to include drawing and photography, as well as film. This will encourage more students to express their ideas about recycling creatively and to send in an entry.  

The competition is sponsored by the non-profit organisation MobileMuster, which has been helping Australians recycle their mobile phones for 25 years, tackling the ongoing problem of electronic waste.

Educating the next generation of environmentally conscious consumers is one of MobileMuster’s core objectives, so they have partnered with Cool Australia to develop educational resources for teachers with lesson plans for Years 3-8 to explore themes around recycling, waste and sustainability.
The competition is open to individuals, groups or classes. Home-schooled students are also welcome to enter.  

Theme:             Inspiring Recycling Action 

Deadline:          September 30, 2023 

Age Groups:      Primary School & Secondary School 

Prizes: $5,000 for the winner in each age group, $1,000 for the finalist in each category 

There are two age group categories: Primary (Years 1-6) and Secondary (Years 7-12). Students can enter a piece in one of three categories: a short film, drawing or photograph.  

There will be two major prizes of $5,000 awarded, one in the Primary School category and one in the Secondary School category, with three runners-up (one for Short Film, one for Drawing and one for Photography in each age group) winning $1,000 each. 

Joel Murray from MobileMuster, says: “Recycling is a core part of the national curriculum, and we hope that the competition incentivises school children around Australia to learn more about the positive impact of recycling mobile phones on the environment. We’re looking forward to seeing all the amazing creative entries!” 

The deadline for entries is September 30, 2023. Winners and finalists will be announced in the lead up to National Recycling Week (13-19 November).  

For more information about the MobileMuster Schools Competition, including guidelines, prizes, and terms and conditions, visit