Recycle a cell phone – save a gorilla.  It’s that simple.

Why Recycle a Phone?

There are more than 270 million cellular users in the United States alone and 4.1 billion worldwide. On average a person in the U.S. buys a new cell phone every 18 months. Less than 1% of the millions of cell phones retired and discarded annually are recycled.

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.

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.

Eco-Cell donates the phones for emergency purposes upon request. All unusable cell phones are recycled under strict EPA guidelines by certified recyclers.*The Zoo partners with ECO-CELL, a Louisville-based company, to recycle old cell phones.