You can help support primate conservation in Africa simply by recycling your old mobile phones.

Zoos SA is diverting mobile phones from landfill and raising much needed funding for primate conservation.

Mobile phones are becoming smaller but their impact is huge:

  • Uncontrolled mining to supply coltan, and other components, is impacting on the environment and the local communities
  • Electronic waste, including poisonous substances and plastics, is being dumped into landfill
  • Electronic devices have a large manufacturing carbon footprint

Australian’s typically upgrade their mobile phone every 18 to 24 months, which means millions of mobile phones are being dumped into landfill every year.

 

How many mobile phones are sitting in your drawers and cupboards at home or work?

Zoos SA is working with PhoneCycle to help divert mobile phones from landfill. Donated phones are refurbished and reused, reducing the need for new raw materials and providing communication to people who cannot afford phones. Older and damaged phones are recycled and the components are extracted for spare parts and the materials recovered.

When you donate your unused phones to Zoos SA, the funds generated through their refurbishment or recycling directly supports on-ground work at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Sierra Leone.

Tacugama have over 80 Chimpanzees in their Rehabilitation Centre, and run community outreach, wildlife field research, environmental sustainability, conservation education and alternative livelihoods programs.

They're calling on you

How can you help?

Helping conservation by recycling mobile phones is easy!

As a visitor, family or individual:

You can drop your old mobile phones at the collection points at Adelaide or Monarto Zoo. If you have more than 10 devices, you can arrange for a free courier pickup – see if your friends or colleagues have some phones too!

 

As a business or school:

Encourage your workplace or school to recycle old phones. You can set up your own collection box using the poster on our website (or create your own!). When you have more than 10 devices, you can arrange for a free courier pickup.

If you would like to incorporate phone recycling as part of a programmed school visit to the Zoos, mention it to our Zoo Learning team when you are making your booking.

Book your free collection

 

Whenever you hear your mobile ringing, it’s a reminder that They’re Calling on You to help.

Zoos SA is a conservation charity and we want to help in every way we can. Our mobile phone recycling program provides everyone with the opportunity to take action, simply by donating unused mobile phones.

Through the program, and with your help, Zoos SA is hoping to:

  • Reduce the demand for coltan mining
  • Raise funding to support primate conservation in Sierra Leone through our partnership with
  • Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Reduce waste by diverting phones from landfill
  • Raise awareness of the coltan mining crisis and the role we all play

All types of mobile phones can be donated! They do not have to be working or in good condition. The most important part is diverting these devices from landfill, re-using them or recycling their parts.

You can drop your old mobile phones at the collection points at Adelaide or Monarto Zoo. If you have more than 10 devices, you can arrange for a free courier pickup through the courier link above – see if your friends or colleagues have some phones too!

Encourage your workplace or school to recycle old phones. You can set up your own collection box using the poster on this page.

When you have more than 10 devices, you can arrange for a free courier pickup through our website.If you would like to incorporate phone recycling as part of a programmed school visit to Adelaide or Monarto Zoo, mention it to our Zoo Learning team when you are making your booking.

If you would like to become a corporate partner in our phone recycling program, please contact Zoos SA.

You should try and remove any personal information on your phone before donating it. PhoneCycle is a proud partner of Blancco, a worldwide certified system and global industry leader in data sanitization and end-of-lifecycle solutions for smartphones. Blancco Mobile guarantees that all of your data is permanently erased from your devices and cannot be recovered with any existing technology.

Yes, please include batteries and any accessories with the devices. Please leave the batteries inside the devices if possible. Any batteries that are not contained or have fallen out of devices need to be packaged in bubble wrap to help with their safe transport.

Unfortunately SIM cards are not recyclable. We suggest you remove your SIM before donating your phone. If you’re going to dispose of your old SIM card, make sure you cut through the metal chip before you throw it away to ensure that no one else can access your personal details.

Yes please! We accept all mobile phones, smart phones, ipads, tablets and associated accessories.

There is no need to use special packaging but they need to be packed securely, including:

  • Use strong outer packaging to prevent damage during transportation.
  • The devices must be secured against movement within the outer packaging and be packed to prevent accidental operation during transport.
  • Please leave batteries inside the handsets wherever possible. If a mobile phone battery is sent without a handset, the battery should be wrapped in bubble wrap or something similar to avoid
    short circuit. No more than 2 mobile phone batteries outside of equipment.
  • Do not include any batteries that have been damaged or swollen.
  • The address label including the lithium battery warning and consignment label should be taped to the package for collection.

No – you do not have to pay for the courier. Simply arrange the booking through the website and PhoneCycle and Zoos SA will do the rest.

Proceeds are donated through PhoneCycle to Zoos SA to help conservation in the wild. Zoos SA is working with Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary, and the proceeds generated through phone refurbishment and resale will support their in-situ work in Sierra Leone. Tacugama have over 80 Chimpanzees in their Rehabilitation Centre, and run community outreach, wildlife field research, environmental sustainability, conservation education and alternative livelihoods programs. For more information about Tacugama see tacugama.com

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