Recycle My Electronics is pleased to partner with the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada to increase awareness about the positive impact electronics recycling can have on habitat conservation and wildlife preservation.
The Congo Basin, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is rich in biodiversity and home to tens of thousands of animal species, the most famous being Great Apes. Cellphones and other electronics contain four minerals that are mined in the Congo Basin – tin, gold, tungsten and tantalum (coltan). Mining these minerals destroys the forest where endangered Great Apes live and accelerates climate change with mining profits helping to finance ongoing civil violence.
Mining operations are often allowed to encroach on protected forest areas. Mining infrastructure, such as roads, cut into previously inaccessible forests, paving the way for an influx of people directly resulting in the loss of Great Apes and other endangered species. These mining operations have a substantial impact on the environment, namely from deforestation, carbon emissions and the release of toxic chemicals into rivers.
One tonne of recycled mobile phones contains 324 timesmore gold than there is in one tonne of ore extracted from a traditional gold mine
There is an alternative. When electronics are recycled the minerals and other reusable resources inside them can be extracted, recycled and put back into manufacturing. That includes the minerals that are mined in the Congo Basin. Recovering these resources from end-of-life electronics helps mitigate climate change and protects endangered species such as Great Apes by safeguarding the Congo Basin forest from more mining. In fact, one tonne of recycled mobile phones contains 324 times more gold than there is in one tonne of ore extracted from a traditional gold mine.
Both chimpanzees and gorillas in the wild are on the brink of extinction. Without swift action, gorillas and quite possibly chimpanzees could become extinct within our lifetimes. One of the very few remaining places where you can find large populations of these primates is the Democratic Republic of Congo. By safely and responsibly recycling your end-of-life electronics you can help recover resources that can go back into the manufacturing supply chain reducing our dependence on mining.
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