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 and its 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 great ape populations. The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) and our mobile phone recycling partners are committed to raising awareness about protecting 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 new coltan to be mined from chimpanzee habitat. Phones that cannot be reused are dismantled and recycled. When you donate your old phone, our generous mobile phone recycling partners donate money on your behalf. This money then goes towards our conservation programs in Africa.
Roots & Shoots in Action
Throughout Term 1, JGIA will partner with MobileMuster, the only not for profit Government accredited mobile phone recycling program, and PhoneCycle, our official phone reseller, to allow schools to participate in our Mobile Phone Recycling campaign. All 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.
Recycling your old phone isn’t just for schools! Individuals and businesses can donate their old phones too.
Organise a FREE courier collection for 10 or more mobiles, or a reply paid label for less than 10.
JGIA also partners with many of the major Australian zoos, who generously collect mobile phones on our behalf. As with our Term 1 campaign, all phones donated to JGIA will be passed on to PhoneCycle to be refurbished or recycled.
JGIA has been raising funds to protect African great apes and their habitats through our mobile phone collection program since 2006. Funds have been used for park ranger salaries and providing them with the necessary tools and equipment to patrol parks, protect chimpanzees and gorillas, and collect data on habitat quality.
How you can help
Register to collect mobile phones on behalf of JGIA in Term 1
For everyone else:
Setup a collection station at your business, office, or school (outside of Term 1) using our poster
Contact us if you would like a Roots & Shoots representative to visit your school
Celebrate JGI’s International Phone Recycling Day by launching a Call to Action!
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org