Thank You to All for the Recycled Phones

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We collected 38 phones in April, 2014. By recycling old phones we help protect animals like chimpanzees and gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined. The materials in the phone can be reused instead of getting new minerals from the ground in Central Africa.

By recycling old phones you can help protect animals like chimpanzees and gorillas that live in areas where cell phone materials are mined. The materials in the phone can be reused instead of getting new minerals from the ground in Central Africa.

How does this help save animals like gorillas and chimpanzees?
A mineral called coltan is found in almost every cell phone, as well as laptops and cameras. This mineral comes from the ground in Central Africa, which happens to be where animals like chimpanzees, gorillas and okapis live. When the mineral is taken from chimpanzee habitats to be used in electronics, the homes of chimps, gorillas and okapis become disrupted and these animal populations decrease.