News Release
Contact: Sondra Katzen, Public Relations, 708.688.8351,
April 8, 2021
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Brookfield Zoo Hosting Recycling Event to celebrate Earth Day

Brookfield, Ill. — This year, Brookfield Zoo is hosting a recycling event for its Earth Day: A Party for the Planet celebration to encourage everyone to help make a difference for wildlife and the natural world. The event, presented by the Nicor Gas Energy Efficiency Program, will take place on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the zoo’s main north parking lot.

So, if you’ve been waiting for the perfect time, and an environmentally friendly way, to dispose of items that have been taking up space in your basement or garage, head to Brookfield Zoo. Representatives from the zoo and its partner organizations—eWorks, USAgain, and Open Books—will  be on hand to collect a variety of unwanted items, including:

  • Electronics—computers, cable, adapters, cell phones, tablets, cable boxes, video game consoles, microwaves, small metal appliances, printers, VCRs, DVD players, radios, flat screen monitors, and more

  • Textiles—blouses, socks, coats, shirts, dresses, children’s clothing, paired shoes, ties, gloves, backpacks, belts, plush animals, comforters, curtains, and more

  • Books—fiction, nonfiction, craft books, cookbooks, children’s books, and LPs, CDs, and DVDs in good playable condition

  • For a complete list of acceptable and unacceptable items, visit

Those planning to drop off items, should follow the signs directing vehicles to enter the parking lot from 31st Street, which is around the corner and just west of the zoo’s main north entrance on Golfview. Reservations are not required to participate in the recycling event. However, those who also plan to visit the zoo to see their favorite animals, need to secure advance admission and parking tickets before entering the zoo. Reservation times are available in 20-minute increments. Tickets can be reserved at

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4685 and 4797: The public can drop off unwanted acceptable items at Brookfield Zoo’s recycling event on Saturday, April 24, between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

About the Chicago Zoological Society
The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. Its Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare is at the forefront of animal care that strives to discover and implement innovative approaches to zoo animal management. Brookfield Zoo is the first zoo in the world to be awarded the Humane Certified™ certification mark for the care and welfare of its animals, meeting American Humane Association’s rigorous certification standards. The zoo is located at 8400 31st Street in Brookfield, Illinois, between the Stevenson (I-55) and Eisenhower (I-290) expressways and also is accessible via the Tri-State Tollway (I-294), Metra commuter line, and CTA and PACE bus service. For further information, visit


Sondra Katzen
Media Relations Manager
Office: 708-688-8351
Cell Phone: 708-903-2071


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