Brookfield Zoo Recycling Efforts

I wrote an email to our local zoo here outside Chicago, the Brookfield Zoo.  This zoo is wonderful and we love it so much we decided to buy a membership pass this year.  The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County.  The Chicago Zoological Society has been “Inspiring Conservation Leadership” since 1934 and their mission statement is “to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.


During our visit to the zoo last summer, we noticed the lack of recycling containers available to their guests.  My husband and I took most of our recyclables home with us. We were a bit surprised at the lack of recycling facilities due to the promotion of their conservation efforts.  If there’s not a healthy world for the animals to live in then animal conservation might be a bit counter productive.  Here is the response I received from the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Marketing.

Dear Green Guide,

Thank you for taking the time to share your observation about recycling at the zoo.

Here is an update on our recycling efforts for guests. We have added additional recycling containers at our restaurants. Due to the expense, we are also seeking a funding resource to purchase a large order of containers to be placed throughout the park. We also have bins where guests can recycle their cell phones.

In addition, we have been recycling behind the scenes for many years including office paper, newspapers and periodicals, cardboard, comingled recyclables, batteries, CFL’s, metals, motor oil, etc. We have a compost facility on the grounds for processing our onsite landscaping waste and some animal waste. Please see the link below about our upcoming event to support electronic recycling which we have conducted over the past three years.

Chicago Zoological Society – Electronic Recycling

Please let me know if you have any other questions about our conservation efforts.

I was very pleased with the quick, professional response.  I am looking forward to seeing their recycling efforts put in to effect this season!

What are your opinions on their response letter?  Do you think what they are doing is enough or should they be doing more?  I would love to hear what you have to say in the comment section below!

Thanks for reading and sharing in my passion for “Going Green.”

-Your Green Guide


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