Ecologist appeals for mobile recycling
3 April 2009 — 2:00 PM
An Australian ecologist has highlighted how recycling mobile phones can be helpful to the planet and all of its inhabitants.
In an article for ABC News, Guy Williams appeals to the millions of global device users and states the case for acting in a more environmentally-friendly manner when it comes to replacing used phones.
As the regional ambassador for a new campaign - which is backed by the United Nations - he explains that in addition to metal and plastic, many gadgets contain a mineral called coltan.
"Eighty per cent of the world's coltan comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo and over 95 per cent of that is mined illegally and it is mined directly from gorilla habitat region," he adds.
Mr Williams goes on to explain that recycling mobile phones allows this mineral to be reused and makes "a pretty sizeable contribution" to helping the problem.
In addition, the money generated from trading in an old mobile can be put towards any number of green charities.
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