Community Paper Recycling Program Creates Funds for Zoo
The Paper Retriever® program is a joint venture between the Zoo and Abitibi-Bowater, a world leader in newspaper and magazine recycling.
Here's how everyone can get in on the act. Look for a green and yellow Paper Retriever® bin, conveniently located at the rear of the Zoo's main entrance parking lot, and toss in piles of unwanted paper. Almost any type of paper can be deposited: office paper, school paper, newspaper, construction paper, magazines, catalogs, shredded paper (contained in plastic bags), junk mail, notebooks, soft-cover books, writing tablets - essentially any paper product. The paper will be 100% recycled and made into newsprint. Please, do not depositcardboard (of any type), plastics, glass, metals, or trash in the Abitibi bin.
Recycling is an ongoing part of the Zoo's commitment to conservation. The Paper Retriever® program will help generate money for the Zoo's composting facility, water conservation program, aluminum and glass recycling, and other conservation initiatives. Abitibi pays Cleveland Metroparks Zoo for every ton of paper collected.
Did you know...
- Every day, Americans buy 62 million newspapers and throw out 44 million of them?
- Each year, Abitibi recycles enough paper to make a box car train 7,500 miles long?
- One ton of recycled paper used to make newsprint saves:
- 390 gallons of oil?
- 4100 kw hours of electricity?
- 7000 gallons of water?
- 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space?
So just follow the signs from the Zoo entrance to the colorful Paper Retriever® Bin and make a waste-paper contribution. It costs nothing, but the reward to the Zoo and the environment is priceless.