Taronga and Taronga Western Plains Zoos are calling on you to recycle your old mobile phone, to help save one of our closest living relatives. A rare mineral ore called coltan, found in many mobile phones, is mined in Gorilla habitat. The mining is accelerating the decline in gorilla numbers and at least 10 other African primate species.
By simply recycling an old mobile phone, the pressure on gorilla habitat is reduced and money raised from refurbished mobile phones supports conservation projects in Africa.
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Bendigo answer the call
Bendigo Bank has joined Taronga’s They’re Calling on You campaign. Mobile phone collection points have been set up in each of their 22 Sydney branches. Taronga are excited about joining forces with Bendigo Bank for the benefit of gorillas in the wild. Every phone collected through They’re Calling on You helps raise funds for gorilla conservation in Africa and saves phones from ending up as landfill. Find your nearest Sydney Bendigo Bank branch.
By sending your old phone through the free They're Calling on You mobile phone recycling program you are:
- Diverting your phone from landfill
- Raising money for the Taronga Foundation and the Jane Goodall Institute's conservation programs, including primate conservation work in Africa, through the sale of refurbished phones and recycled coltan
- Reduce the demand for coltan mining by recycling the coltan-coated capacitor in your old mobile phone. Add your old phone to the more than 18,000 that have been recycled in the since June 2009.
Recycle your mobile:
As a visitor
When you visit Taronga Zoo or Taronga Western Plains Zoo, collect a postage-paid recycling bag and send your mobile phone to the Aussie Recycling Program. At Taronga the bags are available at Zoo entrance/exits, the Information Centre, shops and at the Western Lowland Gorilla and Chimpanzee exhibits.
As a business
As a school
As an individual or family
Download the Reply Paid Labels here and send your old phones to the Aussie Recycling Program.
For more information, please contact Nicole Whitfield.