Record for Super Bowl LIII Recycling Rally
Record amount recycled as January 19 event contributes to the “greening” of Super Bowl LIII.
The Super Bowl LIII Recycling Rally hosted at Zoo Atlanta on January 19 was the most successful to date, resulting in the collection of 42,446 pounds of E-Waste for recycling. Zoo Atlanta teamed up with the National Football League, Verizon and the Atlanta Super Bowl Host Committee to host the event, which will contribute to the “greening” of Super Bowl LIII by keeping waste out of local landfills. Responsibly recycling electronic waste also helps to preserve animal species and habitats which are threatened by the mining of minerals used in electronics.
More than 400 participants contributed car and truckloads of E-Waste during the free event, which was sponsored by Verizon. Volunteers collected 87 pallets of E-Waste, including but not limited to hundreds of desktop and laptop computers; monitors; televisions; stereo and audio equipment; small electronic appliances; and glass items. Items collected also included 281 cell phones.
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Viewed as one of the finest zoological institutions in the U.S. and a proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta has a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family experiences. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Zoo highlights include giant pandas, including Ya Lun and Xi Lun, a set of twins born to Lun Lun on September 3, 2016; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, featuring more than 70 species in a 111,000 square-foot complex, is the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian exhibit. The Zoo’s newest experience, Treetop Trail presented by Kaiser Permanente, opened in March 2017. Up-close-and-personal animal experiences include behind-the-scenes Wild Encounters with African elephants, African lions, Aldabra giant tortoises and giant pandas. Zoo Atlanta is open year-round with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife presentations, education programs and special events run year-round. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org.