Can Recycling Gadgets Save Gorillas?

Posted On December 19, 2018

Gorilla with selfie stick

With just a few days to go until Christmas it’s always nice to have some positive news; so we thought we’d share how recycling mobiles and laptops can help ensure the declining populations of gorillas can recover.

Now, we know you’re probably thinking how on earth can these two things have such an impact on each other; it’s not like gorillas are using them on a weekly basis and being affected by WiFi and Bluetooth signals. 

Your Gadgets Are Destroying Their Home

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, gorilla populations are in decline, this is due to their natural habitat being destroyed by the mining of minerals including gold and coltan. These chemicals are found in everyday gadgets; their high demand has meant the homes of hundreds of gorillas are being destroyed every year.

The Statistics

According to the University Of South Australia Conservation Phycologist, “For every 30-40 mobile phones that are recycled on average 1 gram of gold can be recovered”. It’s estimated there are approximately 4 grams of gold in 30 laptops.

Critically Endangered

Unfortunately, our closest species is in decline, and in the Republic of Congo where the gold is mined, it’s thought there has been a 70% decline in recent years. With less than 4000 gorillas remaining in the wild, it’s about time something is done.

Recycling your laptop enables the gold to be reused in new computers and tech devices. This can help prevent the mines having to keep up with the demand. If every phone and laptop was recycled it’s thought that the gorilla population could begin to recover.  

A zoo in Melbourne took the data in 2009 and decided to do something about the problem; their goal was to educate visitors, show them the problem and help them become part of the solution. By 2014 the visitors to the zoo had donated more than 115,000 old mobile phones. 

The Future & The Solution

So, If you’d like to be a part of the solution, and you’d like to make some money while doing it. Find all of your old devices and recycle them with Cash In Your Gadgets. We’ll give you a live valuation and as soon as we receive your old laptop we’ll send you the cash. You can either spend this on a new PC, something nice for yourself or donate it to a gorilla charity.

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