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Power Recycling Weekend at the Zoo

Nov 04, 2017 10:24PM

The Indianapolis Zoo will host a Power Recycling Weekend from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on November 4 and 5 to provide a safe opportunity to declutter the home and dispose of old electronics, phone books, paper products and household items.

This event helps keep recyclables out of landfills for sustainability of Mother Earth, including larger recyclables like washers and dryers.

“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 would leach into the ground contaminating the soul and water supplies,” says the Indianapolis Zoo event team.

The event is held in the Zoo parking lot with recycling partners such as Ray’s Trash Service which offers a Single Stream Recycling Program and Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana that will be on site to collect items including gently used clothes, household items, furniture books, toys and more.

The Zoo hosts a spring and fall recycling event every year, and the spring 2017 recycling weekend was recordbreaking, with nearly 185,800 pounds donated of reusable and recyclable materials. The Single Stream Recycling program with Ray’s allows acceptance of glass, plastics 1-7, paper and aluminum all in the same storage bin to make it easier to recycle.

The Zoo is also focused on “reuse and recycle” within the Zoo grounds, where they reuse old exhibit material into the new exhibits such as trees and shrubs, asphalt, concrete and brick. Brush and tree trimmings become mulch for landscaping, and “zoo-doo” of herbivore manure is taken to Ray’s where it becomes fertilizer for the horticulture team to use on grounds.

The Indianapolis Zoo is located on 1200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis. For more information, visit

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