Hang up on deforestation –recycle your old cell phone at the Zoo

Not only are parts of cell phones considered hazardous waste, but the metal used in their production (coltan) is mined from central African forests, home to endangered lowland gorillas. By recycling your phones, you reduce the need for additional coltan mining, and in turn, habitat destruction. Franklin Park Zoo has teamed up with Eco-Cell, a company which provides a “No Landfill” electronics recycling program while raising funds for nonprofits.

So if you’re tossing that phone, be sure to skip the trash bin and head to our Admissions booths!