Archive: Detroit Zoological Society Helps Give New Life to Old Electronics

America Recycles Day events to be held at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center November 15

November 7, 2019

ROYAL OAK, Mich., 

Give us your tired TVs, your dusty DVD players and wretched radios from your teeming basements and the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) will help give them new life. The Detroit Zoo will collect old and obsolete electronics on America Recycles Day, Friday, November 15.

Electronics can be dropped off for recycling from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the 10 Mile Road parking lot near the gazebo. The DZS will accept all electronics, including radios, printers, computers, televisions, VHS and DVD players and cell phones.

Cell phone production – and its reliance on an ore found in Africa called coltan – is damaging wild habitats and decimating populations of gorillas and other animals. A sustainability talk at the Great Apes of Harambee at 12:30 p.m. will offer guests a greater understanding of how recycling old cell phones can help animals in the wild.

“As a leader in environmental sustainability, we are committed to bettering the world for both humans and wildlife,” said Rachel Handbury, DZS manager of sustainability. “This event gives us the opportunity to engage the community in joining us on our Green Journey.”

For this event, the DZS has contracted with companies that take old electronics, separate commodities such as aluminum, copper and steel, and recycle those parts with the goal of reducing the amount of e-waste that ends up in landfills.

In addition, the Belle Isle Nature Center will collect batteries, lightbulbs and eyeglasses for recycling and provide information regarding drop-off sites in Metro Detroit for hard-to-recycle items.