The MCPc goes green! The machine, a box truck that accepts electronics for recycling, will debut at the zoo’s MCPc Gorilla Experience exhibit on World Gorilla Day this Friday, September 24, to accept old, unused and broken electronics. to recycle.
Go green! Machine is intended to help educate people about the importance of good recycling practices and the devastating effect the resource requirements of technological devices have had on the world’s gorilla population.
Colombite-tantalite, or coltan, is a mineral found in the earth that is used to power small electronic devices, such as cell phones. It takes around 75 pounds of mined minerals to make a smartphone.
The extraction of some of these minerals can contribute to the destruction of gorilla habitat, as well as military and economic conflicts.
“We are delighted to have the MCPc ‘Go Green! Machine “in the community,” MCPc president and founder Mike Trebilcock said in a statement. “Appropriate recycling of electronic waste is not only important for businesses, but also for our environment. Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about doing what I can to help the gorilla population, and when we recycle electronics we decrease the need to disturb their habitats to extract coltan.
Recycling unused electronics keeps them out of landfills and allows the minerals inside to be recovered and sold to make new electronics.
MCPc uses the money earned through recycling at its Secure Technology Asset Disposition (STAD) center in Old Brooklyn to support gorilla conservation.
Chris Kuhar, executive director of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, says the zoo has been helping conservation for more than 20 years by advising and funding partners on the ground who work to protect the world’s most endangered species.
The Zoo works with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) and the University of Rwanda, investing in the next generation of conservation leaders through training and education, and supporting rangers who keep and study gorillas in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Zoo’s partnership with DFGFI dates back more than two decades of gorilla conservation.
Electronic devices accepted:
Desktops and laptops
Mobile devices such as smartphones, cell phones and tablets
Data storage devices, network devices (routers, switches, hubs)
Printers and Faxes
Peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, and docking stations.
Items not accepted:
CRT monitors and televisions
medical or laboratory equipment
For a full list of acceptable and unacceptable items, click here.
Go green! The machine will be in the zoo parking lot on World Gorilla Day, Friday, September 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission to the zoo is not required.