BE “E-LEGAL” BY RECYCLING E-WASTE

-Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Hosts Electronics Recycling Event this Saturday-


January 6, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO – It is now a crime to throw electronics in the garbage in Colorado, so local residents are encouraged to be “e-legal” and recycle old or unwanted electronics at the Zoo. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Blue Star Recyclers are hosting an Electronics Recycling Event at the Zoo on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On average, our nation dumps between 300 and 400 million electronic items per year. In Colorado, it is illegal to dump e-waste in the landfill, because it is toxic to the environment. Although e-waste represents only 2% of America's trash in landfills, it equals 70% of overall toxic waste.

Recycling electronics also helps protect animal habitats by reducing the need to mine for new materials. Millions of cell phones are replaced worldwide each month, and only 10% are recycled. Coltan (columbite-tantalite) is a metal needed for cell phone manufacturing, but the extraction of this metal destroys the places where gorillas live in the wild. Recycling old cell phones reduces the need to mine more coltan.

The public is welcome to drop off just about anything that plugs in. (Exceptions are refrigerators, freezers and A/C units.) Many recyclables will be taken free of charge. More complicated and toxic products like televisions, computer monitors, printers and florescent light bulbs will be accepted for a small fee. For a full list of free items, fee items or for more information, visit www.cmzoo.org/ecycle.

Fast Facts

Title: Electronics Recycling Event
Date: Saturday, January 11
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Parking Lot
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: All fees and donations are tax deductible.
Televisions (measured diagonally): $1 per inch
Hard drive destruction: $5
Printers/copiers/fax machines/small appliances: $5
Computer towers/laptops: free
Cell phones: free
Batteries: free
Christmas lights: free
For a full event flyer, visit: http://cmzoo.org/ecycle.

 

About Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society was founded in 1926. Today, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, America’s ONLY mountain zoo, offers comprehensive education programs, exciting conservation efforts and truly fantastic animal experiences. It is Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s hope that guests fall in love with animals and nature, and take action to protect them. Of the 224 zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is one of just nine operating without tax support. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo depends on admissions, membership dues and donations for funding.


For further information or unique press opportunities, contact:

Erica Meyer
Phone: 719.633.9925 ext. 140 
Email: emeyer@cmzoo.org

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