With cell phone technology advancing more and more rapidly all the time, it’s no surprise that many people have old, broken, or outdated phones collecting dust in drawers or boxes somewhere in their homes. Are you one of those people? Does your old charger not fit your new phone? Has your tablet breathed its last? Beware of putting these in the trash to free up space!
Just like regular batteries, cell phones and similar electronics can leak hazardous chemicals into whatever landfill they end up in, contaminating water and soil and any living critters in those areas. But Girl Scout Troop 2697 has special deposit boxes for cell phones in Richboro, Northampton, and Feasterville, to be delivered to Ecocell.
Ecocell is a company that will collect old electronics and not only dispose of them properly and safely, but also help save the ecosystem in the process! Phones require a metallic ore called coltan in order to hold a charge, which is primarily found right in the middle of the gorilla habitats in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mining for the ore puts both the gorillas and their rainforest habitats at risk, which can put our entire environment at risk.