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What You Can Do

As we continue to advance our phone technology, cell phone users rapidly replace their old models with newer ones.  But, what do you do with your old phone?  Recycle it with Project Saving Species.

Enter Go Bananas! Challenge

Collect the most cell phones and WIN $5,000!


 Why recycle cell phones?

  • Cell phones also contain an ore called Coltan, which is mined in endangered gorilla habitat in Africa. Loss of habitat and hunting are serious threats to the gorillas future. Reducing the demand for Coltan will help save these animals and their habitat.  

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  • Cell phones contain lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic, all are considered hazardous waste if sent to landfills where they can leach into the soil and groundwater.
  • There are more than 270 million cellular users in the United States alone and 4.1 billion worldwide. On average, a person in the United States buys a new cell phone every 18 months. Less than 1% of the millions of cell phones retired and discarded annually are recycled.
  • All unusable cell phones are recycled under strict EPA guidelines by certified recyclers.

Project Saving Species – Help Us Raise the Bar

In 2011 we collected more than 19,000 phones
In 2012 the total was 11, 010
In 2013 – 16,612
In 2014 – Raisebar15,699 devices
In 2015 – 10,000+

Help us raise the bar in 2015! Contact us to get started.


Project Updates

Convenient Cell Phone Collection Locations


phoneHave a phone to recycle? You can bring it to the Zoo the next time you visit, or you can drop it off at any of the following locations:

Green Township
Benchmark Outfitters
Park + Vine
Findlay Market
Anderson Township
Building Value
Greener Stock
Marcon Chiropractic
Puppy Camp
REI


Go BananasGo Bananas! Challenge

Students from all over the U.S. are going bananas…Why?

  • To save Gorillas
  • To help the environment
  • To WIN $5,000 for their school!

Learn how to participate here.


Help Save Species. 
Make a Donation!

Our Cell Phone Recycling Partner

The Zoo partners with Eco-Cell, a Louisville-based company that donates the recycled phones for emergency purposes upon request. 

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First and foremost, Eco-Cell reuses and resells as many items as they can for consumption. Cell phones that cannot be reused are recycled with Access FTC. Access aggregates the material and sends it to  MPC. MPC than preps the material and sends it to UMICORE in Belgium.

All accessories are recycled with HOBI.

Batteries that cannot be reused are sent to Access FTC. Access FTC recycles batteries with MCT.


How to Answer the Call:

Gorilla with babyhow your company can answer the call

1.What Project Saving Species provides:

  • Cell phone collection bins
  • Either postage labels or pick-up service
  • Recognition and/or Rewards– determined by the success of the program

2. What your company provides:

  • Promote the program to your staff
  • Old cell phones to recycle

3. For more information contact:

Contact us at [email protected] or call 513-487-3359

scoutshow your troop can answer the call

1. What Project Saving Species provides:

  • Cell phone collection bins
  • Either postage labels or pick-up service
  • Recognition and/or Rewards– determined by the success of the program

2. What your troop provides:

  • Promote the program to parents and troop members
  • Old cell phones to recycle

3. For more information contact us at [email protected]

EcoCellPicturehow your School can answer the call

1.What Project Saving Species provides:

  • Cell phone collection bins
  • Either postage labels or pick-up service
  • Recognition and/or Rewards– determined by the success of the program

2. What your school provides:

  • Promote the program to your staff and student body
  • Old cell phones to recycle

3. For more information contact us at [email protected]

26937792692_0450a186af_bhow you and your family can answer the call

  1. Grab all those old cell phones in your drawers at work or at home and bring them to the Zoo or to one of our partner locations (partners who are collecting phones listed above.)
  2. Reach out to your friends, family, community, church or place of business and ask them to join in the campaign!
  3. For more information contact us at [email protected]: