Zoo Knoxville and Waste Connections Teamed Up
Even though most Americans have access to recycling programs, less than 10 percent of the single-use plastic items produced in the United States are recycled.
To highlight the danger single use plastic waste poses to wildlife, Zoo Knoxville and Waste Connections of Tennessee, Knoxville, teamed up with a special offer to raise awareness and encourage recycling.
A total of 1,200 visitors to the zoo brought a plastic bottle to be recycled in exchange for admission to the zoo (a $10 value) during the Monday, Aug. 27, through Sunday, Sept. 2 awareness event. The bottles were made of the most commonly recycled plastics - #1 PET and #2 HDPE.
Millions of tons of plastic products are produced each year and much of it is used once and thrown away. To lessen the impact on the environment and reduce the risks plastic present to wildlife, Waste Connections of Tennessee, Knoxville, encourages the community to:
- Participate in your local recycling program and learn how to identify acceptable recyclables in your area;
- Recycle quality, not just quantity. An entire bale of recyclable materials can be rejected if it’s contaminated with unapproved items.
- Clean plastic food containers before placing in recycling bin;
- Choose reusable shopping bags over plastic;
- Use reusable containers for water, food, rather than single-use containers when possible.
Thanks to the 1,200 zoo visitors who participated in the event to raise awareness on how plastic littering poses risks to wildlife.