The #CycleMyCell Student Challenge is a friendly mobile phone recycling competition between 12 GTA high schools. The goal? Learn about sustainable consumer choices, reduce the amount of e-waste in our landfills, recycle the precious minerals inside old phones, lower carbon emissions AND protect the Congo basin where those minerals are being mined and where Great Apes live.

JGI provides campaign resources and support to a champion educator who delivers the content to students in the form of videos, activities, guided curriculum and discussions. Students are then encouraged to organize cell phone collection in their communities. Schools can win up to $1500 in prize money for their participation!

Why Recycle Your Mobile Phone?

Recycling
Great Apes
People
Forests
Recycling mobile phones prevents toxic materials from polluting the soil and ensures metals, plastic and glass are reused.
Many of the rare earth metals used to make cell phones are extracted from the forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo, home to Great Apes and other endangered species.
High demand for the minerals contained in cell phones perpetuates dangerous mining operations which fund the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Protecting the forests in the Democratic Republic of Congo is not just essential to people and animals, but is critical to curbing climate change.
1

Brampton Centennial Secondary School

112 phones collected

2

Don Mills Collegiate Institute

85 phones collected

3

Georges Vanier Secondary School

45 phones collected

4

Cawthra Park Secondary School

40 phones collected

5

Robert F. Hall Catholic School

30 phones collected

6

West Humber Collegiate Institute

21 phones collected

7

St. Augustine Secondary School

17 phones collected

8

Central Technical School

11 phones collected

9

SATEC @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute

9 phones collected

10

Bramalea Secondary School

0 phones collected

11

Central Peel Secondary School

0 phones collected

12

York Humber High School

0 phones collected

Impact Tracker

370
total number of phones collected
56kg
total kilos of metal, plastic, and glass diverted from landfills
15910 kg of

Precious Metals Saved

Aluminum
9230.76g
Platinum
0.12580g
Silver
125.80g
Copper
5871.90g
Gold
12.950g
Coltan
14.80g

Are you a part of #CycleMyCell this year?

Track your phone collection, or download resources here.

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