Americans discard more than 100 million computers, cell phones and other electronic devices each year. As e-waste piles up, so does concern about the growing threat to the environment. While cell phones represent a small percentage of this total waste, they are more likely to end up in the waste stream and contribute a growing portion of the toxic materials that end up in our landfills. Zoos across the nation are collecting cell phones to be reused or recycled, in hope of reducing both pollution and the market for coltan, an ore used in making electronics, but devastating wildlife habitats. The Phoenix Zoo has partnered with ECO CELL to recycle cell phones. We have placed a recycle bin at the entrance to the Zoo so that you can drop off your old phones. We can also accept cell phone accessories, digital cameras, MP3 players, handheld GPS units, iPods and handheld gaming devices. Contact our Development department at 602.286.3800 if you require a receipt for your donation.
Another way you can help:
If your school or organization would like to help raise funds for our native species conservation efforts, you can have a cell phone recycling box sent to you. Once you fill up your box, email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a free shipping label.