Mobile phone recycling 

How mobile phone recycling saves gorilla populations

©iStock/Simoneemanphotography A new study has assessed the relationship between mobile phone recycling and reducing the decimation of gorilla populations. The study’s lead author Dr Carla Litchfield says that conflict elements such as gold and coltan can be recovered from mobile phone recycling, which means there is less incentive to mine gorilla habitats for those minerals. In this way, the paper suggests that a reluctance to recycle old mobile phones could be linked to the dramatic decline of gorilla populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recovering gold from mobile…

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Mobile phone recycling 

Recycle your old mobile phone to save gorilla populations

Are you among the 400 million people around the world who have relegated an old mobile phone to the top drawer in the past year? Do you realise your reluctance to recycle that discarded phone could be linked to the dramatic decline of gorilla populations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? The link between hoarding disused mobile phones and the decimation of Grauer gorilla habitats is explored in a paper published today in PLOS ONE, authored by University of South Australia researchers and Zoos Victoria. The two organisations evaluated…

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