Project green: Louisville Zoo offers cell phone recycling

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Posted on September 14, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 22 at 6:09 PM

(WHAS11)- If you are looking for a way to get rid of your old cell phone, the Louisville Zoo has an eco-friendly program available.

In our Project Green report, StormTeam Meteorologist Jamie Martin takes a look at how the "Eco-cell" project and the impact it has on saving gorilla habitat.

Cell phones contain a mineral called Cotan. Cotan is found and mined out of the forests in Africa. The gorilla community in these areas have seen a drop in their population by up to 90% due to the loss of habitat the mining causes.

Assistant Director of the Louisville Zoo, Mark Zoeller says, "It's a great fit for the zoo and it's something everyone can do. People have cell phones lying all over their house. They say most cell phones only have a life expectancy of about 1 year, so they are sitting in toy boxes or piled up on the floor boards of their car. The next time you're at the zoo, you can drop off your old phone for recycling."

Zoeller also says if your business would like a box to collect phone in for this project to contact the zoo and they will drop off a box to you.

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