Reduce your carbon footprint while directly benefitting the Zoo! Elmwood Park Zoo has partnered with Terracycle to recycle/upcycle items that typically can't be included in regular recycling collections. Save these items from the landfill and turn them into fabulous recycled products! The Zoo earns money from the items you submit. Eligible trash includes:
  • Ink cartridges
  • Cell phones and small battery-powered electronics
  • Yogurt containers (any brand)
  • Chip, pretzel, or tortilla chip bags (any brand)
  • Candy wrappers and bags
  • Energy bar wrappers
  • GOGO SQUEEZ brand applesauce-on-the-go pouches
  • All empty cleaning product pouches, sprayers, or tops (no cardboard and no bottles)
  • Personal care packaging (shampoo, shaving, non-aerosol hairspray, conditioner, soap, gels, lotions)
  • Tortilla wrap packaging (all brands)
  • Cheese packaging (all brands)
  • All Kashi packaging
  • Empty toothpaste tubes, toothbrushes (any brand, no boxes)
  • All BARE NAKED brand packaging
  • Empty tape dispensers and/or round plastic centers
  • Empty plastic cereal bags (removed from boxes)
  • Any brand plastic diaper and baby wipes packaging
  • Any brand #6 plastic cup (no styrofoam)
  • Pens, markers, mechanical pencils and caps
  • Aluminum can tabs
Items are collected at the Zoo’s Admissions counter. Thank you for your commitment to conservation and your contribution to the Zoo!






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