In addition to caring for animals, contributing to conservation projects and educating the public, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is focused on sustainability.
Visitors may not know they can bring recyclable materials to the Zoo any time during regular park hours. The Zoo accepts compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), cell phones, cell phone batteries and accessories and ink jet and toner cartridges at the recycling exhibit in the Exhibition Hall near the Main Gate.
Visitors may also bring newspapers, magazines, junk mail and bagged shredded paper to the green and yellow Abitibi-Bowater Paper Retriever bins in the Hippo Parking Lot behind The RainForest. From June through September, the Zoo collects phone books for recycling in a special trailer located near the Abitibi bins too.
Containers for aluminum cans and plastic beverage bottles are located throughout the park.
The Zoo is also proud to partner with area companies that share its mission of "reduce, reuse, recycle." Local manufacturing firm Tavens Packaging & Display Solutions now sponsors the Zoo's recycling exhibit.
"At Tavens, we're big believers in collaborative partnerships - with our customers and with organizations that strengthen our community," explained Rob Fisher, Tavens' director of marketing. "So, of course we jumped at the chance to support the Zoo's recycling program."
Tavens manufactures different types of corrugated cardboard boxes in addition to other containers for shipping and point-of-purchase display products. The company makes all of its standard corrugated boxes with recycled material and can use 100 percent recycled material when customers request it. They also recycle all of their scrap material.
Start saving your recyclable materials now for America Recycles Day at the Zoo on Sunday, November 13. The Zoo joins the nationwide awareness efforts of America Recycles Day with special events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., exhibitors and activities for kids.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $11 per person, $8 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.