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Wildlife Conservation :: Recycling electronics at the Dallas Zoo

Recycling electronics at the Dallas Zoo

Cellphones, tablets and other small electronics use minerals like coltan that are mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which is also the natural habitat of endangered gorillas and many other species. The deforestation and mining associated with coltan production has impacted and displaced gorillas, moving them closer to extinction. Recycling and extending the life of electronic devices reduces the demand for coltan mining.

What we can accept:

  • Cellphones (smart phones and older cell phones)
  • iPods
  • iPads
  • Tablets
  • MP3 players
  • Handheld video game devices

We do NOT accept:

  • Desktop computers
  • Monitors
  • Laptops
  • Game consoles
  • Calculators

*Note: Apple, Best Buy, Staples, and other retailers will take larger electronic items. Call your local store to find out more.

What to do with your device before dropping it off:

  • Backup your device and save any data you want to keep, like contacts, photos, or music.
  • For security purposes, we recommend resetting the device and wiping all data. Specific instructions can be found online for various devices.
  • Remove the case and/or screen protector.

Where can I drop off my device?

You may drop off your used devices with a staff member at the Membership Services booth. You may also leave them in the drop box at the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center at the Dallas Zoo while you’re here visiting our gorillas.

Where will my electronics go?

We have partnered with ECO-CELL, who will accept a variety of used electronics in all conditions. They will not send electronics to a landfill and only work with certified recyclers. They are also committed to saving wildlife and support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund and Gorilla Rehabilitation and Education Center (GRACE).