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Recycling at the Zoo

There are many businesses and homes that are working to make recycling part of their lifestyle and the Montgomery Zoo is no different. Although we do the usual paper, cardboard and can recycling. You may be surprised in some of the other things a zoo can do the reserve resources.

Recycling Poop
I know it sounds gross, but poop can be composted to make fertilizer. So what is compost? It is simply decomposed organic material and can be plant material or animal matter. It is a natural process that occurs in nature. At the zoo, we collect dung from larger zoo animals and then store it in huge bins and allow it to break down naturally. We then use it, and sell it, as fertilizer.

Newspapers
Have you ever wondered what happens to left over newspapers. Well, they are donated to the Montgomery Zoo and used to line the bottoms of cages. The Montgomery Advertiser will donate their leftovers to us so they aren’t wasted and just thrown away.

Plastic Bottles
You can return your plastic bottles to a recycling company or you can give them to animals and then return them to a recycling company. Plastic bottles are used at the zoo for enrichment for our zoo animals. We will fill them with different treats, such as fruit, peanut butter or honey and let the animals work on getting the goodies out. This gives the animals a nice treat and helps relive boredom.

Maps
Maps of our zoo are recycled daily. We have bins up at the front gate for people to drop their maps into on the way out. We also do much of our printing, including new maps on recycled paper.