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Alligator Farm to Recycle Cell Phones at Holloween

As part of its popular annual Creatures of the Night Halloween festivities, The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park will host a cell phone recycling program designed to help the planet and raise funds for education. The Alligator Farm will partner with Eco-Cell, a recycling company that focuses on raising funds to save gorilla habitats and to help other ecological non-profits. During the Alligator Farm’s Creatures of the Night events on October 29, 30 and 31, Eco-Cell will collect used cell phones and will donate 10% of the value of each phone collected back to The Alligator Farm for conservation and education programs. Eco-Cell will also distribute free press-on tattoos to all children who bring in phones.

Creatures of the Night is one of The Alligator Farm’s most popular annual events. It offers trick-or-treating among the animals and birds, plus fun, treats and surprises during the three-day Halloween weekend. Events run from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on October 29, 30 and 31st; tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children for annual pass members and $8 for adults and $6 for children who are non-pass members.

“We hope the community will come out again for a great Halloween weekend, and we hope that this year they’ll participate in the cell phone recycling program, as well,” said John Brueggen, Director and General Manager of The Alligator Farm. “This is a great opportunity to have fun and to do something positive for endangered species and for our world. We’re happy to have created this partnership with Eco-Cell.”

It has been estimated that only 10% of unwanted cell phones are recycled each year. According to the EPA, if all of the 100 million cell phones ready for end-of-life management in the U.S. were recycled, enough energy would be saved to power more than 18,500 U.S. households with electricity for one year.

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