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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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Keep NSW Beautiful are calling on you!

Keep NSW Beautiful’s HQ in Newtown is the latest location to become a collection point in Taronga’s They’re Calling on You campaign. The anti-litter organisation is enthusiastic to use this opportunity to combine their mission to keep litter out of NSW’s environments and landfill while supporting conservation of gorilla habitats in Africa. Drop in to their office on King Street to responsibly dispose of your old mobiles, chargers and accessories.

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

Support our campaign through your organisation/work

Support our campaign through your organisation/work
Involve your colleagues and do good: Collect mobiles phones at your work and get a free courier service to pick them up if you collect 16 old mobile phones or more.

As a school

Support our campaign through your school

Support our campaign through your school
You can download They're Calling on You posters for your school, and if you collect 16 old mobile phones, you can use a free courier service to pick them up!

As an individual or family 

Download the Reply Paid Labels here and send your old phones to the Aussie Recycling Program.