Aluminum Can Recycling
We encourage you to collect and bring aluminum cans with you to the following 2013 Zoo events:
- Sunday, March 17, "St. Patrick's Day"
- Sunday, April 21, "Party for the Planet"
- Sunday, June 16, "Father's Day at the Zoo" can crush
- Saturday, November 6, "America Recycles Day"
When we throw things away, we make an impact on the environment – that waste has to go somewhere, there is no "away" - and we lose the natural resources and the energy that were used to manufacture those items. Most of these natural resources cannot be replaced – for example, the rocks (ore) from which metals are mined. So if we keep on using and throwing away resources in this way, eventually they will run out. Aluminum is the most valuable material in the trash stream. Recyclable materials have to be separated out from the rest of the trash and sent to reprocessors, companies who turn the materials back into usable products.
- Aluminum never wears out, it can be recycled forever.
- Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television for three hours.
- Aluminum cans are the most recycled beverage container in the world. An awesome 105,784 cans are recycled every minute nationwide.
Throughout the year the Zoo collects and recycles aluminum cans (beverage type containers) through its Cans For Conservation program. The money raised from recycling those cans is used for local and global animal and habitat restoration projects. Past supported projects include, the Eastern Plains Garter Snake, Panamanian Golden Frog, Turtle Survival Alliance, Polar Bear International, Snow Leopard Trust, and Friends of Big Creek.
In 2013, Cans for Conservation special collections will go to support Slow Loris Conservation. Visit www.nocturama.org to learn more about the Little Fireface Project.