— Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Hosts Electronics Recycling Event this Saturday —

January 15, 2014, Colorado Springs, CO – Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and Blue Star Recyclers are hosting an Electronics Recycling Event at the Zoo this Saturday, Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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.

In Colorado, it is illegal to dump e-waste in the landfill, because it is toxic to the environment. Not only does recycling e-waste help eliminate health and environmental hazards, but it also directly helps save animals in the wild.

Recycling electronics helps save animal habits in the wild 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 – which is one of many examples of how recycling directly benefits animals.

Voluntary donations will also be collected at the event to support the care of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo’s animals.

Fast Facts

Title: Electronics Recycling Event

Date: Saturday, January 17
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.