We have just concluded our 2015 Action for Apes Challenge, during which 1,562 cell phones and other handheld electronic devices were recycled! Over 30 schools, businesses and community groups around Texas competed to see who could recycle the most cell phones by April 30th, 2015. Each cell phone that was recycled is an action taken to save gorillas, chimpanzees and mandrills in the wild!
A material (tantalum) found in almost every cell phone and other handheld electronics is taken from the ground in Central Africa where these amazing animals live. Every time a device is recycled, we can reuse the materials and reduce the need to mine for new tantalum.
We are excited to announce that Incarnate Word Academy in Corpus Christi won 1st place in the challenge, recycling 536 phones! Incarnate Word Academy will win a painting to be hung in their school, specially created by primates at the Houston Zoo.
Coming in 2nd place was Birkes Elementary, who recycled 175, and 3rd place went to Jersey Village High School Science National Honor Society with 168 phones! 1,562 cell phones and other handheld electronic devices were recycled overall! That is 1,562 actions taken to save animals in the wild!
We are so thankful to have had so many wonderful groups participate in this year’s Action for Apes Challenge and look forward to 2016’s Challenge!
Thank you to all the groups that participated this year:
Bay Colony Elementary
Birkes Elementary Student Council
Calder Road Elementary
Cathy Blum of Greenwood King Properties
Cub Scout Pack 883
Cy Woods Student Leadership
East Early College High School
Environmental Action Club
George Brooks’ Office
Girl Scout Troop 16399
Go Green Club
Heritage of Towne Lake
HISD – Mandarin Chinese Language Immersion Magnet School (MCLIMS)
HW Grady Middle School
Incarnate Word Academy
Jersey Village High School Science National Honor Society
KIPP Liberation College Preparatory
Lake Jackson Intermediate
No Label Brewing Co.
Pack 678 Den 4
Smith, Seckman, & Reid
T.H. Rogers School
And a special thank you to Eco-Cell for counting and recycling all the phones collected!