The Greater Vancouver Zoo is always looking for ways to help with the keep the environment a little greener and here are some of the ways we are helping:
GENERAL RECYCLING (you can help too)
There are many different types of recycling stations at the Zoo for both visitors and our staff members. I think we all would agree that we love our animals and would do most anything we can to protect their natural environment. So by reducing the amount of garbage we produce, by reusing as many non-reusable goods as possible and of course let's RECYCLE the balance.
Visitor's can help with the recycling program by depositing their plastic or glass bottles and cans, in the applicable containers provided throughout the Zoo. Also before you leave the Zoo we have containers provided to recycle our Zoo maps and Zoo brochures.
Staff members recycle all paper products, aluminum, glass, construction recycling bin, oil filters, batteries, cardboard and just this summer introduced by one of our keen "green keepers" - our Plastic Recycling program. The office staff are extremely green as well with all paper recycling, computer and copier cartridges and any plastic containers. The Zoos cartridges are purchased through a environmentally friendly partner, that also believes in reusing and provides the Zoo with recycled toner cartridges. The Zoo brochures and maps are also printed on recycled paper.
ECO-CELL - cell phone recycling
Do you love Gorillas and do you want to save their environment? Bring along your cell-phone for recycling and you can help save wildlife habitats as well as help prevent the dangers from discarded cell phones.
Cell phones are made with an ore called Coltan (columbite-tantalite). This ore is often found in Central Africa in the middle of wildlife habitats. Mining operations means losses to these habitats and increased hunting. Animals are being killed by rebel bands mining this ore. Reducing the demand for Coltan will help save these animals lives and their habitats.
The Zoo's partnership with Eco-cell allows you to drop off your phones and accessories whether they work or not (collection boxes at the entrance). Everything that is collected will either be reused or 100% recycled to ensure the proper disposal of obsolete cell phones, batteries and chargers.
It is estimated that over 75% of discarded cell phones end up in landfills releasing potentially hazardous chemicals, including antimony, arsenic, copper, cadmium, lead and zinc. Or toxic material from e-waste is 250,000 tonnes. With the average lifespan of a cell phone being only 14 months, there are millions of broken and unusable cell phones with millions being added annually.
And for each cell phone that you bring with you at the Zoo, you will receive a two-for-one admission to the Zoo. So why not donate a cell phone, purchase a regular price admission and receive a FREE ADMISSION of equal or lesser value.