E-Recycling Event at the Detroit Zoo

April 15 & 16 | 9 a.m. – noon | Free event | Registration required

Earn a reward for recycling at the Detroit Zoo!

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) is proud to partner with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to host an E-Recycling Event at the Detroit Zoo. From 9 a.m. to noon April 15-16, the DZS will help the community divert waste from local landfills by collecting acceptable electronics (see list below). Items to be recycled can be dropped off at the large surface parking lot along 10 Mile Road.

Not only is it free to participate in this event, but you can also earn a reward for doing so! For each driver who brings items for recycling, the DZS will gift one admission ticket (two for large loads) to the Detroit Zoo, redeemable through Dec. 31, 2023. You can use your ticket the same day you receive it when you join us for GreenFest! This eco-friendly festival features live music, a marketplace to purchase sustainably sourced products, educational activities, access to the Zoo’s 125 acres and much more. GreenFest takes place 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15-16 at the Detroit Zoo.

What can you recycle at the E-Recycling Event at the Detroit Zoo?

  • All TVs and monitors (flatscreen, CRT, etc.)
  • Printers
  • Computers and laptops
  • Cell phones and tablets
  • Holiday lights, cords and other wire
  • DVD and VHS players
  • Batteries*
  • Radios
  • Small electronics
  • Small appliances (does not include refrigerators)

Personal information should be deleted from electronic devices before coming to recycle. All hard drives will be destroyed to U.S. Department of Defense standards. A certificate of destruction can be emailed upon request.

Plan to participate? Please register using the link below:


* Please use clear tape to cover all terminals of the following types of batteries: lithium (including button cells), sealed lead-acid, anything greater than 9 volts and any batteries that you are unsure of the chemical composition. Clear tape helps in properly identifying chemistries. Uncovered terminals on the specified chemistries are fire hazards.

Help us fulfill the DZS mission and protect the planet!

By embracing your green journey and participating in the Detroit Zoo’s E-Recycling Event, you are not only helping the DZS continue to be a leader in environmental sustainability, but you are also reducing landfill waste, protecting animal habitats and making the world a greener place!