Collection bin is located at the Zoo’s front entrance throughout Dallas Zoo Lights and will remain until January 13.
Are you tangled up in holiday lights? Don’t know what to do or where to turn? Fear not! Bring us your old string lights, and we’ll keep them out of landfills by recycling them responsibly. Many string lights are made with copper and other precious metals, which are harvested through mining in places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo where critically endangered gorillas and okapi live. Recycling these metals reduces the need to mine for new materials, which causes animal habitat destruction and other harmful effects to our environment.
There are so many reasons to recycle, but here are a just few ways that recycling benefits the environment and will help us Create a Better World for Animals:
- Less waste sent to landfills provides more habitat space for wildlife.
- Reduces the risk of waste making its way into places it shouldn’t, like the ocean, where animals can accidentally ingest it or become tangled.
- Allows us to reuse materials without having to harvest new ones, including copper and plastics.
- It takes less energy to recycle materials than to create new ones.
What do we do with these old lights? They go to our trusted metal recycler where they’re broken down and the parts are recycled individually.
*Only string lights will be accepted for recycling; please do not bring other items like flood lights, extension cords or light hooks.