Aussie zoos encourage mobile recycling

27 March 2009 — 5:00 PM

Animal charities can benefit from mobile recycling

Australian zoos are encouraging people to recycle mobile phones for charity, it has emerged.

It is reported a new initiative entitled They're Calling on You is drawing attention to the fact that when handsets get sent to landfill they can cause unnecessary harm to the earth.

As such, G-Online states the scheme will instead push people into recycling mobile phones as a means to generate cash to help with primate conservation.

Melbourne Zoo's community conservation manager Rachel Lowry said the idea of the scheme was not to make people feel guilty about upgrading their old phones, but to instead turn this into something positive.

Trevor Long, Sea World's director of marine sciences, added: "[We are] pleased to be joining with other zoos across Australia to help alleviate this pressure and play a role in primate conservation."

Of course, selling old mobile phones can generate funds for any charity you choose.

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