What do a cell phone and a Mountain Gorilla have in common?
This might shock you!
Cell phone batteries are made from an rare metal called Columbite-tatalum (Coltan), which is mined primarily in Africa's Republic of Congo. This area is currently home to 52 threatened or endangered species of animals. One of these species, the Eastern mountain gorilla, numbering only 250 individuals as of December 2002, is being slaughtered by the Coltan miners for "bushmeat" during their mining. The region is being cleared and mined pushing the remaining gorillas out of their environment.
A cell phone battery contains 2 oz. of Coltan which can be recovered and re-used. An estimated 200 million cell phones were thrown away in the U.S. in 2003. This means that 400 million ounces of Coltan was wasted and is still wasted annually. The current price for Coltan is $1,000 per kilogram. This converts to the wasted Coltan to 11,339,809 kilograms costing over 110 BILLION DOLLARS. All of this money is being thrown away by the U.S. population alone.
JOIN US in our effort to conserve wildlife, protect our environment, reduce the need for mining additional Coltan by recycling your old cell phones! Send them to IEAS at P.O. Box 637, Boyd, TX 76023 and we will take care of them for you!