The mobile muster program recycles old mobile phones. Over 90% of materials in phones can be recycled. There are 3 drop off locations in Alice Springs; Cartridge World, Telstra and XLcom. In Tennant Creek, you can take them to town council. You can even post your phone free of charge. Information on your nearest drop off point and the free mailing labels can be downloaded from the mobile muster website.
Materials in mobile phones that can be recycled include: nickel, cobalt, cadmium, gold, silver and plastic. One tonne of mobile phone circuit boards can yield the same amount of precious metals as 110 tonnes of gold ore, 123 tonnes of silver bearing ore and 11 tonnes of copper sulphide ore.