Answer the Call of the Wild and Recycle Your Phone
What is the connection between animals and handheld electronics like cell phones?
Cell phones and other handheld electronic devices contain a material called tantalum that is derived from the mineral Col-Tan (columbite-tantalite). Coltan is destructively mined in central Africa, which happens to be where animals like chimpanzees, gorillas, mandrills and okapi live.
When the metal is taken from these animal habitats, their homes become disrupted and these animal populations, as well as other plants and animals species in the same habitat, decrease.
Love your Locals
Cell phones and their accessories contain a large number of hazardous substances and toxic materials. These toxins include arsenic, beryllium, cadmium and lead. When thrown away, these electronics make their way to landfills where these contaminates can leach into the ground and waterways contaminating natural resources and polluting wildlife habitat.
What can YOU do to help?
It is simple! Recycle your unused handheld electronic devices.
The Houston Zoo recycles cell phones and other handheld electronic devices to help save animals in the wild.
By recycling cell phones, YOU can help animals like gorillas, chimpanzees, mandrills and okapis by reducing the demand for new materials to be mined.
How to Recycle with the Houston Zoo?
Drop off your unused handheld electronics on your next visit.
The collection box is located at the main entrance of the Zoo next to Guest Relations.
OR Mail them in.
Please address to:
c/o Electronic Device Recycling Leader
1513 Cambridge St.
Houston, Texas 77030
Our Global Partners
GRACE: Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center
Jane Goodall Institute
Okapi Conservation Project
Frequently Asked Questions
Recycled your cell phone, but want to do more?
The Action for Apes Challenge is an annual contest hosted by the Houston Zoo to see which school, community organization or business can collect and recycle the most cell phones during the challenge period. The challenge is February 1 – APE-ril 30.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.