Indianapolis Zoo hosting Power Recycling Day to safely get rid of old electronics

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Indianapolis zoo's power recycling day
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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — If you've ever wondered what to do with all those old or broken phones, laptops and printers, you'll want to head to the Indianapolis Zoo Saturday.

Almost anything with a cord can be recycled, and the zoo wants to help you do just that. This Saturday is Power Recycling Day at the zoo, and you'll be able to drop off your unwanted electronics at the zoo.

If that seems like an unlikely place to bring your old tech items, remember it is an organization primarily concerned with conserving the earth. Electronic waste contributes as much as 70 percent of environmental pollutants.

"The zoo, first and foremost, is a conservation organization," said conservation PR specialist Melanie Laurendine. "So we want to not only educate people about conservation, but give them actionable ways that they can help the environment."

Laurendine said conservation isn't just about large tasks like saving animal species. It also involves making smaller lifestyle changes.

While large appliances won't be accepted, here are some of the items you can drop off:

  • computers
  • video game systems
  • cellphones
  • tablets
  • telephones
  • VCRs/DVDs
  • scanners
  • copiers
  • printers
  • fax machines
  • keyboards
  • microwaves
  • power cables

There is a $10 processing fee for TVs and monitors.

Drop off items between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. People who drop off will also receive a $2 off zoo admission coupon.

For more information on Power Recycling Day, click here.