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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

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.

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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.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,400 animals representing 235 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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