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April 23, 2013

Zoo offers electronics recycling

INDIANAPOLIS — With Earth Day just around the corner, the Indianapolis Zoo is inviting area residents to do something kind for Mother Earth by participating in Power Recycling Weekend presented by Ingram Micro.

Electronic waste is a growing problem in the United States, with millions of tons of e-waste incinerated or placed into landfills each year. By taking those items to the zoo to be recycled, visitors can help reduce the amount of harmful chemicals released into the ground, water, and air.

The semi-annual event is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 and 28 in the zoo parking lot.

The zoo's two Power Recycling events in 2012 collected a combined 39,981 pounds, or 19 tons, of recyclables. As a way to say thanks for being a good environmental steward, anyone who brings items for recycling will receive a $2 discount coupon on zoo admission good through Nov. 1.

New this year, the zoo is offering visitors an additional option to help de-clutter their closets in an environmentally-friendly way. Goodwill of Central Indiana will be on site at the event to collect new and gently-used clothes, household items, furniture, books, toys, and more.

Additionally, most electronics - including microwaves, cell phones, and computers - will be accepted. However, large appliances like refrigerators, washers, dryers, and air conditioners will not be accepted.

Yellow Pages will be on hand to provide phone book recycling and document shredding will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days, compliments of Shred Monkey.

The following are examples of what can be recycled during the zoo's Power Recycling Weekend: telephone systems, cell phones, computers and components, monitors (no bare CRT tubes), scanners and copiers, printers, fax machines, backup power systems, external hard drives, satellite components, ink and toner cartridges, keyboards, microwaves, televisions, cables and wiring, electronic motors, metals, integrated circuits, microphones, laserdisc players, VCR/DVD players, video game systems, surge protectors, palm pilots/PDAs, power cables and supplies, office paper, and phone books.

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