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Recycling Phones to Save Endangered Gorillas

A student handing out boxes that was distributed to participating classrooms.

A student handing out boxes that was distributed to participating classrooms.

A student handing out boxes that was distributed to participating classrooms.

A student handing out boxes that was distributed to participating classrooms.

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     The Environmental Club will act as gorilla tape.

     Because of phones, gorillas are endangered and their habitats are being disturbed.

     Environmental Club has placed boxes in classrooms as part of their cellphone drive occurring from Oct. 17 to Oct. 30, which collects students’ unwanted electronics and prevents the phones from doing further damage to the environment.

     Anyone can contribute to the drive by simply bringing their unwanted electronics and placing them in the collection boxes located in their fourth period classrooms.

     “This drive provides students and teachers a safe way to discard their e-waste,” told Kayla Canare, secretary of Environmental Club.

     As ironic as it seems, technology will help out with informing and reminding students about the drive.

     “We’re encouraging people to bring their unwanted electronics by promoting the e-waste drive heavily on social media,” Canare assured.

     Phones actually cause more damage to the environment than most people think.

     “Cell phones contain a metal called coltan,” informed Rachel Gonzalez, president of Environmental Club. “Cell Phone companies mine the metal in the Congo which then causes destruction to gorilla habitats.”

     By collecting the electronics, Environmental Club is able to bring them to an electronic recycling center which will then salvage the coltan from the phones.

     “If cell phones are disposed of properly, the coltan is able to be reused and thus reduces the demand for further mining,” Gonzalez said.

     As technology develops, the need for coltan will increase and do further damage to the gorillas’ habitats and other species.

     “We don’t think about how our wants for technology affect other species,” Canare urged.

     Environmental Club is now giving students the opportunity to help out the environment by making an electronic recycling center more easier to access.

     “We hope that with this our school will be encouraged to dispose of their waste properly, and take a step towards becoming more eco-friendly,” Gonzalez predicted.

     From the drive, Environmental Club will be able to help patch up the livelihood of gorillas.

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