Recycled Enrichment Boxes

America Recycles Day (ARD), celebrated on November 15 every year, is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and to buy recycled products.

Recycled Enrichment Boxes at the Virginia Zoo

The Virginia Zoo is also committed to recycling by reusing on-ground items such as cardboard boxes, toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, etc., to create fun and exciting animal enrichment items.

Volunteers collect recycled materials and transform them into requested animal enrichment activities. These items usually have food or scents inside to exercise the animal’s natural behaviors such as foraging, hunting, stalk-and-chase behavior, scent stimulation, etc.


In the past, volunteers have created items such as:

  • SuperBowl team boxes
  • Large, cardboard rhinos
  • Holiday “presents”
  • 5 feet tall bowling pins

America Recycles Day in Norfolk

The city of Norfolk is celebrating America Recycles Day on November 14, 2015 to promote awareness of community involvement and personal commitment to recycling. Bring your unwanted items to the 1176 Pineridge Road, Norfolk, VA this Saturday, November 14 from 9 am – 4 pm. For a complete list of items eligible for recycling, please see flyer below.

recycle day