In 2009 alone, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste was disposed of improperly. Many of these electronic devices contain mercury and lead, which could leach into the ground contaminating soil and water supplies. Cell phones are a major contributor to this problem; however, cell phones are also a prized recyclable item because of the precious metals they contain. A 2006 report by the United States Geological Survey estimated that a ton of obsolete cell phones (excluding batteries) contains 140 kilograms of copper, 31.4kg silver, 300g gold, 130g palladium and 3g platinum. However, according to a recent EPA report, only eight percent of all out-of-use mobile devices in the U.S. had been recycled as of 2009.
The Zoo takes a leadership role in this challenge, not only by hosting two electronics recycling events each year but also by recycling as much Zoo waste as possible — from plastics and office paper to tree trimmings and “Zoo doo.” For more information on the Zoo’s recycling efforts, watch this video. Special thanks to Ray’s Trash, the Zoo’s official every day recycling partner.
April 8-9 • 9am-3pm
Nov. 4-5 • 9am-3pm
You have the opportunity to join the Zoo in a mass recycling effort held twice a year! At Power Recycling Weekend, you can get rid of all your clutter and help the environment too! Just drop off your old electronics, phone books, cardboard, and paper ready for shredding in the Zoo parking lot during our Power Recycling Weekend and our recycling partners will take it from there!
In addition to doing good, you’ll receive a discount coupon for $2 off Zoo admission.
Thank you to everyone who helped make our 2016 events a success! You helped us keep more than 40,300 pounds of reusable and recyclable materials out of area landfills! Thanks for your support and donations.
*$5 processing fee for TV’s and monitors.
All computer hard drives will be double-swiped clean before being destroyed.
Paper recycling will be offered compliments of Ray’s Trash Service. Limit of three boxes of paper per car, please.
New this year — recycle latex paint or stain with American Paint Recyclers. Bring your latex paint or stain to recycle for a fee of $1 per gallon can or $2 per 5 gallon can.
The Zoo is pleased to partner with Goodwill for this event. Bring your new and gently used clothes, household items, furniture, books, toys and more to benefit Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana.
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