In recognition of America Recycles Day, the Detroit Zoological Society has announced that it will be collecting devices on November 15 and 16. The collection will be held at the Water Tower parking lot on the north side of the Detroit Zoo parking structure from noon to 6 p.m. The group will help to reduce the amount of electronic waste dumped in landfills. The DZS stated that it accepts large and small gadgets, including printers, non-tube televisions, computers, batteries, radios, phones, and other electronic equipment.
According to the DZS, a guest who coordinates with other houses and delivers a full car of devices to be recycled would receive up to two vouchers. According to the DZS, electronic recycling waste allows coltan, a mineral present in personal gadgets, to be repurposed, reducing demand and protecting gorilla habitats in Africa. Participants should erase their personal information from their mobile devices before dropping them off, according to the DZS. Hard drives will be destroyed in accordance with US Department of Defense guidelines.