What has your mobile phone to do with peace and chimpanzees?
Why should you recycle your old mobile phones, e-waste and cartridges?
Mobile phones contain a valuable mineral known as coltan, much of which is mined in Central Africa and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is a region torn by an ongoing conflict that has killed at least 4 million people, including many children, since 1998. Many more people have been displaced and still today people live in refugee camps because of the insecurity.
The region of Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a region in which the Congolese military has very limited control, if any at all. The area is rampant with groups of armed rebel militias. Many of the members of these militias were involved in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. These deadly militias control many of the mines where coltan is extracted. In fact, the entire economy of the region revolves around the coltan trade! The revenues earned by exporting coltan from the region help to fund the armed militias in the region which can only lead to more violence and destruction of the environment. Mining coltan, often illegally, destroys the African rainforest and further endangers the gorilla and chimpanzee populations living in the region. Miners often hunt the great apes for food because the mines are so far away from any other source. Chimpanzees and gorillas are also hunted by poachers who sell either the live animal or its meat on the black market. This illegal trade in bush meat is estimated to be a billion dollar industry! Illegal trade in bush meat is also used to fund roads to and from the coltan mines.
Our constant purchasing and replacing of mobile phones creates higher demand for this dangerous conflict mineral, causing the price to skyrocket. Coltan can be worth up to $400/kilo. A good step in the right direction is to reduce our consumption and learn to recycle. Every mobile phone that is recycled helps to put an end to the violence in the Congo and also helps to ensure the survival of the great apes and their natural habitat in the region!
Jane Goodall Institute Belgium and Recyca are working together
Jane Goodall Institute Belgium and Recyca, specialist in the collection and treatment of empty cartridges and old ICT-materials are working together. Collect your empty cartridges and other small ICT-material and you support JGIB.
Download the list of recyclable devices:
How does this work?
Register your company or organisation here at JGIB to join Recycle4Chimps. JGIB takes contact with Recyca.
Next you are contacted by Recyca to make concrete agreements. Depending on your waste streams you will receive one or more collection boxes.
When you have collected a sufficient amount, you ask on the website of Recyca to come and pick up the boxes. It can not be easier.
Every pick up is proved with a official certificate of waste treatment and Recyca donates the revenues completely to JGIB. With this simple gesture you make a contribution to our planet. Your contribution counts!
Where does the money from this campaign go?
We selected a JGI Project of Hope in DRC to benefit from this campaign. The proceeds will be transferred directly to this project. Thanks to this campaign, Roots&Shoots youngsters from Goma will get access to scholarships. Educating these youngsters today will help make strong leaders for tomorrow, for the benefit of chimpanzees, people and environment in the region.
Portables du sang: a website where you will find more info about mobile phones and their impact on animals, people and the environment.