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Detroit Zoo to collect old and obsolete electronics

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published November 12, 2019

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ROYAL OAK — If you’ve been stockpiling old electronics, such as miscellaneous cords, old cellphones and broken printers, because you don’t want to just throw them away, you’re in luck.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, the Detroit Zoological Society will accept all electronics, including radios, printers, computers, TVs, VCRs, DVD players and cellphones, in the 10 Mile Road parking lot near the gazebo.

The Belle Isle Nature Center also will collect batteries, lightbulbs and eyeglasses for recycling.

The collection events are in partnership with America Recycles Day, a program established by the nonprofit organization Keep America Beautiful. The zoo contracted with companies that take old electronics, separate commodities — such as aluminum, copper and steel — and recycle them in order to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills.

“As a leader in environmental sustainability, we are committed to bettering the world for both humans and wildlife,” Rachel Handbury, Detroit Zoological Society manager of sustainability, said in a prepared statement. “This event gives us the opportunity to engage the community in joining us on our ‘Green Journey.’”

At 12:30 p.m. Nov. 15, the zoo will offer a sustainability talk at the Great Apes of Harambee habitat to offer guests a greater understanding of how recycling old cellphones can help animals in the world. Cellphone production and its reliance on coltan, an ore found in Africa, is damaging wild habitats and decimating populations of gorillas and other animals, according to the zoo.

A representative from Keep America Beautiful did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

For more information about America Recycles Day, visit

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, west of Woodward Avenue. The Belle Isle Nature Center is located at 176 Lakeside Drive, within Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.

For more information about the Detroit Zoological Society, visit or call (248) 541-5717.

Call Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at (586) 218-5006.