We reduce, reuse, and recycle in many ways at the Edmonton Valley Zoo:
- Clearly labeled bins for public disposal of bottles, recyclables, and garbage.
- Zoo School and staff use a vermicomposting system for organics.
- Limited paper printing; however paper maps are distributed. There is a bin for visitors to recycle their maps on the way out.
Cell Phone Recycling with Eco-Cell
The Edmonton Valley Zoo proudly works with eco-cell to recycle old cell phones and electronic accessories. There are several reasons why recycling your mobile device makes a difference.
- Raw material is needed from the earth to make new cell phones. Coltan (columbite-tantalite) is a raw material in cell phones. Coltan is often found in the Congo in the middle of endangered gorilla and elephant habitats. These animals are being killed for Coltan. The U.N. has reported that in the past five years, the eastern lowland gorilla population in the Congo has declined by 90%. Reducing the demand for Coltan will help save these animals and their habitat.
- Hazardous materials leak out of electronics when they sit in a landfill. Not only to do they take up space, but they pollute the ground and nearby water sources.
- Recycling cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling just a million cell phones reduces greenhouse gas emissions equal to taking 33 cars off the road for a year.
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is a member of the Eco-Cell Silverback Program. In 2012, the zoo collected 1368 hand held devices. The collection has been picking up ever since! Collect electronics at work, at home, or in your neighbourhood. Bring them to the zoo to support of gorilla habitat conservation!
The zoo currently accepts the following for electronics recycling:
- Cell phones
- Cell phone accessories
- Digital cameras
- iPods and MP3 players
- Handheld game systems
- GPS handheld units
- Portable hard drives
Please bring these devices to the Zoo Saito Centre Administration or the John Janzen Nature Centre administration desk for recycling to help!
Check out the Second Hand Stories Video. It sums up how this program helps gorillas directly.