This weeks enviro tip is recycling your old electronics especially mobile phones. Coltan is found in your phones, computers, game consoles, batteries and cameras. Unfortunately 80% of the worlds coltan reserves are in the Congo which is also the home of endangered Gorillas, Chimpanzees and Elephants. To get Coltan they have to destroy habitat and mine it. This is illegal but it still happens. Even worse, so they will get rich they don't pay their workers properly so the workers also kill the Gorillas for food! Coltan also fuels wars in the Congo which also threatened the now extinct in the wild Norther White Rhino (5 left in the world) and has ended many innocent human lives. In the past 15 years over 50% of the Mountain Gorillas population has been lost mainly due to habitat destruction.
Most companies will let you return your devices by mail and will recycle them. These companies include Sony, Apple, Cannon, LG, Dell, Samsung and many more. Or you can click on the link www.mobilemuster.com.au to find out where you can recycle your old mobile phones.
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