Eliminate your old cell phones and other electronics the environmentally friendly way.
Most electronics will be accepted, including cell phones, wires, cables, all batteries, TVs, microwaves, computers and peripherals. Basically, anything with a plug! Computer hard drive memories will be securely cleared before being destroyed. All screens, monitors and TVs will have a $20 cash-only fee — any size or type. Laptops will be recycled at no charge. Large appliances are not accepted.
No need to get out of your car, just pull into the designated recycling zone in the Zoo parking lot and let our partners at Technology Recyclers unload your items for you.
With your help during our 2019 events, we diverted more than 102,000 pounds — that’s 51 tons — of recyclable materials from area landfills.
*$20 processing fee for TVs and monitors
**Large appliances will not be accepted
Electronics trash, called e-waste, makes up only about 2% of trash generated annually in the U.S., yet it contributes as much as 70% of the environmental pollutants, which makes recycling efforts like the Zoo’s so important.
Consumer interest in recycling their old electronics has not been increasing along with the consumption rate for high-tech gadgetry. A report released in 2019 by the United Nations indicated worldwide production of electronic waste is nearly 50 million tons annually, and that figure could reach 120 million tons by 2050. Since a peak in 2014 when nearly 42 percent (3.4 million tons) of U.S.-generated e-waste was being recycled, that rate dropped to less than 36 percent by 2017, according to a recent EPA study.
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.” Special thanks to Ray’s Trash Service, the Zoo’s official every day recycling partner.