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

132 phones collected

2

Georges Vanier Secondary School

104 phones collected

3

Don Mills Collegiate Institute

92 phones collected

4

Cawthra Park Secondary School

83 phones collected

5

Robert F. Hall Catholic School

55 phones collected

6

Central Peel Secondary School

42 phones collected

7

Bramalea Secondary School

36 phones collected

8

West Humber Collegiate Institute

31 phones collected

9

SATEC @ W.A. Porter Collegiate Institute

29 phones collected

10

Central Technical School

20 phones collected

11

St. Augustine Secondary School

18 phones collected

12

York Humber High School

6 phones collected

Impact Tracker

648
total number of phones collected
97kg
total kilos of metal, plastic, and glass diverted from landfills
27864 kg of

Precious Metals Saved

Aluminum
16166.30g
Platinum
0.22032g
Silver
220.32g
Copper
10283.76g
Gold
22.680g
Coltan
25.92g

Are you a part of #CycleMyCell this year?

Track your phone collection, or download resources here.

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