Saturday, April 21, 2018

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate Mother Earth and learn all about recycling, reusing and conserving our world through educational displays and fun activities.

Bring in recyclable goods to make the Earth a little “greener.”

Drop off your recyclable goods between 10am and 4pm in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail parking lot. Admission/parking charges do not apply to this special recycling project. Below is a list of items that will be accepted along with the organizations that made this possible.

Items can be dropped off in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail Parking Lot.

As well as dropping off your recyclables, the Zoo is the perfect place to spend a great day with your family! Get tips on how to be more ecofriendly as you talk with people from local “green” organizations. Enjoy special Earth Day activities in Nature’s Neighborhood and watch animal demonstrations all across the zoo. It’s all included free with regular Zoo admission!

Click here to learn more about our sustainability practices.


Thank you to our partner

Recycling Items List

Items can be dropped off in the Zoo’s Anthony Wayne Trail Parking Lot from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Toledo Zoo ZOOTeen TerraCycle Program

  • Bear Naked Granola Packaging
  • Cereal Bag Liners
  • #6 Cup Recycling (example:  Solo cup)
  • Energy Bar Wrappers
  • Food Pouches
  • Juice Drink Pouches
  • Potato Chip Bags
  • Brita/Pur Products (pitchers, dispensers, bottles, faucet systems, filters and filter packaging)
  • Entemann’s Little Bites packaging
  • Beauty Care Items
    • Lipstick/Chap Stick Tubes
    • Mascara Tubes
    • Eye Shadow/Liner Cases/Pencils
    • Shampoo/Conditioner Bottles
    • Hair Gel Tubes/Jars
    • Deodorant Sticks
    • Body Wash, soap and face/body lotion containers
    • Lip Liner Pencils
    • We cannot accept hair spray cans, nail polish and nail polish remover bottles
  • Inkjet/Laser Printer Cartridges
  • Oral Care Items
    • Toothpaste Tubes and Caps
    • Toothbrushes and packaging
    • Floss and Mouthwash Containers
  • Aluminum Cans
  • Cell Phones

AIM eCycling, LLC.

  • laptops
  • printers
  • modems
  • hard drives
  • cables
  • speakers
  • keyboards
  • terminals
  • computer mice
  • cameras
  • radios
  • cell phones
  • telephones
  • power tools
  • typewriters
  • electronic games
  • fax machines
  • VCR & DVD players
  • microwaves
  • toner and ink
  • NO TVs of any kind, Computer Monitors, CRT monitors or appliances


  • Houseware goods
  • Clothing (wearable or unwearable)
  • Jeans
  • Toys

KTLCB/Lucas County Solid Waste Management District (Green Containers)

  • Paper, phone books, newspapers
  • Cardboard

American Paint Recyclers

  • Paint Cans will be collected at Woodsdale Park from 10am – 4pm for $1/gallon container

City of Toledo Department of Neighborhoods

  • Car Tires
    • Limit 10 tires per car
    • Can accept tires with the rim

Gateway Recycling and Waste Reduction, Inc.

  • Secured/Confidential Document Destruction
    • No Binders or Binder Clips
    • Document destruction happens off-site

Schedule of Events

Animal Feeds and Talks

All Day Miniature Garden Display*


Earth Day activities and crafts
Nature's Neighborhood
10:30 a.m. Orangutan talk

Great Apes

Hippo watermelon toss
11 a.m. Dive and talk


Primate enrichment
Primate Forest
11:30 a.m. Crocodile training demo

Reptile House

Education animal program
Jumpin' Junction, Nature's Neighborhood
Noon Animal demo
Nature's Neighborhood
1:30 p.m. Animal demo


Dive and talk
2 p.m. Dive and talk
2:30 p.m. Polar bear enrichment
Arctic Encounter®
3 p.m. Animal demo
Nature's Neighborhood

*Local High School FFA and Career Tech programs have created miniature gardens to display throughout the Aquarium. These miniature gardens, incorporating recycled and repurposed materials, will be on public display Saturday and Sunday during the zoo’s regular business hours.