Power Recycling Weekend

​Nov. 4-5 • 9am-3pm​​

​Doing your part to help Mother Earth has never been easier! Join us for Power Recycling Weekend, a mass recycling effort held twice a year. These events offer a great opportunity to de-clutter your home and help the environment too! Just drop off ​your old electronics, phone books, paper products, household items and much more in the Zoo parking lot on these special weekends and our recycling partners will take it from there! 

RecycleForce will accept most unusable and outdated electronics, small appliances** and more. See the detailed​ list of accepted items​ below. Please note there is a fee* for any TVs and monitors, but all other items will be accepted for free.

Paper recycling will be offered from 10am-2pm compliments of Ray's Trash Service. Limit of three boxes of paper per car, please.​​​

Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana will be on site collecting new and gently used clothes, household items, furniture, books, toys and more.

New in 2017, area radio stations WZPL and 107.9 THE MIX are joining the event to promote sustainability in the community as part of their 1thing initiative. ​ 

Acceptable Items to ​Donate​

  • Computers, monitors*, laptops, hard drives, keyboards and other components 

  • Cell phones, Palm Pilots/PDAs, tablets and other smart devices

  • TVs*, cable boxes, VCRs, DVD players and laserdisk players

  • Video game consoles and portable game devices

  • Satellite dishes and components

  • Scanners, fax machines, printers and cartridges

  • Digital cameras and camcorders 

  • ​Microphones and recording devices

  • Radios/boom boxes, CD/tape players, Walkmans 

  • Metals and metal wiring

  • Microwaves and small appliances**

  • Motors and generators 

  • ​Power cables/supplies, surge protectors, electronic wiring​

  • ​Cardboard, office paper, magazines and phone books

  • New or gently used clothes, bedding, shoes and accessories

  • Exercise equipment, sporting goods and toys in good condition

*$10 processing fee for TVs and monitors, $20 for TVs larger than 27" 
**Large appliances will not be accepted

All computer hard drives will be double-swiped clean before being destroyed.

Items that are still in good working condition will be donated to Goodwill. All other items will be recycled. [close]

In addition to doing good for the planet, you'll receive a discount coupon for $2 off Zoo admission. 

The event is free, though there is a *$10 processing fee for TVs and monitors, or $20 for TVs larger than 27". Recycling participants who also plan to visit the Zoo this weekend will need to pay for parking.​

Thank you to everyone who donated items during our record-breaking spring event. You helped us keep 185,800 pounds — nearly 93 tons — of reusable and recyclable materials out of area landfills! 

2017 Sponsors


Recycling provided by RecycleForce


Clothing recycling provided by Goodwill Industries
of Central Indiana

Paper shredding provided by Ray's Trash Service, the Offical Recycling Partner of the Indianapolis Zoo