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.
*$10 processing fee for TVs and monitors
**Large appliances will not be accepted
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.” Special thanks to Ray’s Trash Service, the Zoo’s official every day recycling partner.