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Help the Zoo turn your old gadgets and electronics into a saving force for the environment through our new Eco-Cell program! 

Simply place any unwanted electronic item or accessory in our Eco-Cell bin located outside the Gift Shop (exterior of the Zoo).

About Eco-Cell

“ECO-CELL was founded in 2003, or as we saw it “the year of the Nokia 8310”. That is when we learned about the connection between gorillas and cell phones at the Louisville Zoo. Nearly 1 MILLION cell phones later we are still at it. In short we are small, family owned and operated business in Louisville Kentucky that is 100% focused on the environment.”

For more info on Eco-Cell, visit their website.

WHAT CAN YOU RECYCLE?

Any electronics!

  • smartphones
  • tablets
  • adapters
  • chargers
  • handheld gaming systems

The electronic items use rare minerals and metals, several of which are mined in endangered species habitats. By recycling these electronic components, they will be help the environment by protecting the habitat of many endangered species, reduce stress on the environment, and deter toxic waste from our landfills by recycling what is often thrown in the trash.

 

A GREEN GRANT

Keep Virginia Beautiful is awarding its annual “30 in 30 Green Grants” daily during the month of June. The Virginia Zoological Society, in Norfolk has been awarded a grant of $1000 for its recycling project. Government, non-profit, civic and service organizations in Virginia were invited to apply for grants for $500 to $1,000 describing how they plan to tackle an environmental concern in their community regarding Litter Prevention, Recycling, Cigarette Litter Prevention, or Community Beautification.

Since 2011, Keep Virginia Beautiful has provided $203,000 for 260 different environmental projects and programs all across the Commonwealth, due to the generosity this year of our partner Altria, as well as additional support from Keep America Beautiful and Coca-Cola.

The Virginia Zoo, home to over 700 animals, is the largest zoo in the Commonwealth. Partnering with Eco-cell, a family-owned business in Louisville Kentucky, the Zoo plans to recycle electronics like smartphones, tablets, adapters, and chargers. The electronic items use rare minerals and metals, several of which are mined in endangered species habitats. By recycling these electronic components, they will be help the environment by protecting the habitat of many endangered species, reduce stress on the environment, and deter toxic waste from our landfills by recycling what is often thrown in the trash. Funds provided by Keep Virginia Beautiful will be used to purchase a secure deposit vault for collecting the electronics, as well as signs and graphics to educate the public about cell phone recycling.

The mission at Keep Virginia Beautiful is to engage and unite Virginians to improve our natural and scenic environment through five impact areas: Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Environmental Education. For more information on KVB, go to http://www.KeepVirginiaBeautiful.org.

 

 

TAKE OUR SURVEY (PLEASE!)

ECO-CELL SURVEY

  • Have you seen the electronics recycling bin on our campus or read about it in the media or online?
  • If you have seen the bin and read it, did that make you want to recycle your electronics?
  • Do you currently, or have you ever, recycled your electronics?
  • Will you consider recycling your electronics in the future, in our bin or elsewhere?