Communicate The Science of Recycling with the MobileMuster Schools Competition!

You don’t have to be an experienced artist to take part in MobileMuster’s Schools Competition – all you need is an idea, imagination and motivation.

The theme for 2023 is ‘Inspiring Recycling Action’. 

It is important to link to the call to action (recycling your old phones) and this year’s theme when developing the storyline.

Students get to create either a drawing, photograph or short film (60 seconds) encouraging their community to recycle their old mobile phones. Students can create their artwork in any genre and style  – the choice is theirs. Take a look at our amazing 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2019 winners and finalists for inspiration.

Cool Australia lesson plans help students to explore the topic of mobile phone recycling, learn about changing behaviours and develop their filmmaking skills.

Get involved!

Entry is open to all primary and secondary students in Australia – and yes, this includes homeschoolers and remote learners.

Important dates:

  • 12 June 2023 – Schools Competition Opens
  • 30 September 2023 – Schools Competition Closes
  • 13-19 November 2023 – Winners announced and showcased during Planet Ark’s National Recycling Week

This year, MobileMuster is offering its biggest prize yet! There are 2 x $5,000 gift cards to be won, with 6x $1,000 runner-up prizes.

For judging criteria, entry guidelines and terms and conditions, check out the competition website. Take a look at our previous winners for inspiration. Good luck!

Education Resources

We have partnered with MobileMuster to create three units for Years 3-8, designed to support teachers and students in producing quality artwork for the competition.

MobileMuster Schools Competition Unit – Years 3-4

Students explore the barriers to mobile phone recycling and create behaviour-change media to Inspire Recycling Action for the MobileMuster Schools Competition.

MobileMuster Schools Competition Unit – Years 5-6

How does an elephant help change behaviour? Students explore behaviour change themes while they create artwork for the MobileMuster Schools Competition to Inspire Recycling Change.

MobileMuster Schools Competition Unit – Years 7-8


This lesson contains brainstorming and planning processes to support students in developing ideas for the Schools Competition. Students will be guided through creative processes and work with a group to refine and build out their ideas.

Enjoying the MobileMuster Resources?

We have another Unit for Primary Years 3 to 6, check it out!

Hands-on Mobile Phone Recycling
– Years 3-6

This unit contains six lessons for Years 3-6 and is designed to increase students’ understanding of e-waste recycling through a series of hands-on activities. Use these lessons in sequence or select lessons to use in isolation. 

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Previous Winners

The theme for the 2022 competition was The Science of Recycling. Check out the winners here.

The theme for the 2021 competition was Protect the Planet. Check out the winners here.

The theme for the 2020 competition was Small Actions. Check out the winners here.

The theme for the 2019 competition was Use it or Recycle it. Check out the winners here.

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With Thanks to Our Partner

MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard. The program is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on why it is important to recycle.

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