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Fall recycling day at Brookfield Zoo

Chicago Zoological Society

Before hibernating this winter, take some time to clean out your garage or basement and bring unwanted items to Brookfield Zoo’s fall recycling event on Saturday, September 30.

Recyclable electronics, textiles, and used books can be dropped off in the Zoo’s north parking lot between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please enter through the gated entrance directly off 31st Street. Items will be collected by Zoo representatives and partnering organizations—eWorks, USAgain, and Discover Books. For a full list of approved items, please visit

There is no charge to drop off recycling items; however, tickets or a Zoo membership is requiredfor those who plan to visit the Zoo to see their favorite animals.

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. 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

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