Electronic Waste Collection Event

November 15 & 16

Help protect gorillas by recycling electronic waste!

The Detroit Zoo will be hosting a free electronic waste collection event on November 15 and 16 from noon to 6 p.m.

By recycling e-waste, you help reduce the demand for coltan. Coltan is a mineral found in phones and other small electronics. It is mined from areas where endangered gorillas live. Recycling these items helps reduce the demand for coltan and protects gorilla habitats in Africa.

SPECIAL OFFER! Each driver who brings electronic waste will receive a voucher for one free admission to the Detroit Zoo, valid during regular hours any Monday through Thursday in 2021. Up to two vouchers can be provided to a participant who coordinates a drop-off with multiple households and brings a full vehicle of items that need to be recycled. Voucher is not valid for Wild Lights and cannot be combined with other promotions.


  • Wire
  • Computers/laptops
  • Servers
  • Network switches
  • Batteries
  • Printers
  • Keyboards
  • Phones
  • Flatscreen TVs and monitors
  • CD/DVD players
  • Electronic games
  • Radios
  • Electronic toys
  • Electronic motors
  • Electrical boxes
  • All small household appliances (e.g. blenders, toasters, coffee makers, microwaves, etc.)


  • Old tube TVs
  • Old monitors (cathode ray tubes)
  • Refrigerators

We cannot accept the items above due to them containing hazardous materials. If you are in need of disposing such items, please contact DTE here.


When: Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16 from noon to 6 p.m.

Where: Detroit Zoo, 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Arrival instructions: Enter from southbound Woodward Ave and follow the signs to drop off your e-waste along the parking structure by the water tower.

If you plan to participate in the collection event, please complete this short survey so that we can be better prepared.