We’re proud to partner with Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo on this electronics recycling campaign: Gorillas on the Line benefiting Gorilla SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction).

This global program aims to increase recycling of cell phones and small electronics in an effort to protect habitats and raise funds for conservation efforts for gorillas and other wildlife in Central Africa.

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February 1 – April 30, 2023

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  • Smartphones / cell phones
  • iPods / mp3 players
  • iPads, tablets, e-readers
  • Handheld video games
  • Smart watches, fitness electronics
  • …and the chargers and accessories that come with them!

Make sure to delete your personal information before you bring us your device.

Laptops will not be accepted but can be recycled at Alachua County Hazardous Waste for no cost.


All collected devices will be sent to EcoCell for recycling. The funds raised from recycling old phones and electronics will directly support gorilla conservation initiatives through Gorilla SAFE programs.

Recycling these phones also reduces the need to disrupt gorilla’s homes. Coltan is a critical component of cell phones and is mined in gorilla habitats. As a result of mining, critical habitats have been destroyed, and gorillas are being displaced or even killed by poachers. Recycling old electronics helps reduce the demand for coltan, which in turn protects gorilla habitats.

2023’s goal is 12,000 collected devices across participating organizations.

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  • Santa Fe Teaching Zoo
  • Leveda Brown Environmental Park (Alachua County Hazardous Waste)
  • The Repurpose Project
  • Florida Museum of Natural History
  • Student Life at Santa Fe College (S building)
  • Reuse Planet

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Gorillas on the Line… Answer the Call! is being organized locally by the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo. All comments and questions can be directed at the zoo team.

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