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You Can Help Save Gorillas By Recycling Your Cellphone

In recent years, a lot of people have come into possession of ridiculous amounts of cellphones. Whether this was caused by simply accepting them from others or constantly changing providers, people often do nothing with this mountain of tech. If you are one of these people, your old phones can do a great deal of good.

When you go to buy a cell phone, do you ever consider how the material that makes it up is acquired? The metals that go into cells, like gold and coltan, have often been taken from the gorilla habitats in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Estimates are that more than 300 million people in the world have an old phone or two they no longer use.

“For every 30 to 40 mobile phones that are recycled, on average, one gram of gold can be recovered,” stated ape expert Dr. Carla Litchfield. “Just as mobile phone sales are soaring, and gold content is increasing in some smartphones, natural sources of gold are expected to run out by 2030.”

The idea of recycling these phones is good, in theory. But the problem is that many countries lack the proper facilities to move ahead with recycling. And even citizens may be absent-minded about how they deal with old cells.

“Hoarding is problematic since precious metals are not extracted and returned to the circular economy, creating the need to mine these metals in wilderness areas,” added Dr. Lictchfield. “The other issue is that if people do discard their old phones, most will dispose of them in their household waste, ending up in a landfill, where they leach toxic chemicals.

If you’d like to recycle any old phones you may have, there are a couple of ways you can do it. A couple of recycling centers will have sections set aside for electronics, and you might be able to trade them in at a phone shop for some cash.

Remember to wipe your personal data before doing so. Here is how, if you’re not sure: Setting -> About -> Reset Phone to Factory Settings

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