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Did you know that chimpanzees are endangered?

You can help save chimpanzees simply by recycling your old phone. How do old phones help chimpanzees? 

The mining of coltan poses a substantial threat to African great apes. Coltan is a mineral used in electronics. Mining results in the clearing of habitat in coltan-rich areas such as the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where chimpanzees live. It also drives the bush meat trade, further exacerbating the decline of chimpanzee populations. The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) and our mobile phone recycling partners are committed to raising awareness about the protection of great apes.

We aim to reduce the impact of mining on great apes by removing mobile phones from the waste stream by remarketing them for reuse or breaking them down for recycling. Phone refurbishment helps to reduce the demand for coltan mining in critical chimpanzee and gorilla habitat. Phones that cannot be reused are broken down into their constituent parts and recycled. When you donate your old phone, our generous mobile phone recycling partners donate money to the Jane Goodall Institute Australia on your behalf. This money then goes towards our conservation programs in the DRC.

How your school and old phones can help chimpanzees

To allow schools to participate in our Mobile Phone Recycling campaign, throughout Term 1, JGIA will partner with

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All phones donated will either be refurbished and resold by PhoneCycle, or dismantled and recycled by MobileMuster, the only not for profit Government accredited mobile phone recycling program. These organisations will then donate the money raised to JGIA, which we use to support the work of Jane Goodall by funding our conservation programs in Africa.

join-now-logo.jpgAll Australian primary and secondary schools are eligible to register using our sign-up page. Following registration, schools will receive a digital welcome pack which includes information on how to setup your collection station, how to organise a visit from one of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia’s Roots & Shoots team, as well as promotional material and education resources.

Win a personalised video and signed books from Dr Jane

At the end of the campaign the school that has collected the most mobile phones will receive a personalised video from Dr Jane, congratulating them on their achievement and for their contribution to the protection of great apes. Runners-up will receive a signed copy of one of Dr Jane’s books.

For more information email: recycle@janegoodall.org.au

Recycling your old phone isn’t just for schools. Individuals and businesses can get involved too.

Contact PhoneCycle to organise a FREE courier collection for 10 or more mobile phones, or print a reply paid label for less than 10.

Download our poster to promote mobile phone recycling at your work place.