We’re thrilled to introduce a brand new addition to the Alaska Zoo —and no, it’s not a new animal resident! Thanks to a significant grant made possible by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, in collaboration with national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, the Alaska Zoo has received 15 new recycling containers located throughout zoo grounds.
This will allow Alaska Zoo visitors to help us keep the facility clean and increase the zoo’s recycling efforts. Improperly discarded plastics are a serious problem for Alaska's wildlife and offering more opportunities to recycle is a simple solution, for both wildlife and the Alaska Zoo’s animal residents.
The Alaska Zoo works consistently to educate zoo guests about the impacts humans have on the environment, how that affects various habitats and Arctic ecosystems as well as the ways individuals can choose to minimize negative impact and be mindful of animal conservation. The added recycling containers provided by this grant are a simple way to convince people to choose to recycle at the zoo and, hopefully, influence them to continue that behavior after their visit.
In 2018, the Dr Pepper Snapple Group/Keep America Beautiful Park Recycling Bin Grant Program is funding 34 grants, with a total distribution of 936 new recycling bins in public parks across the country, making recycling more accessible for Americans enjoying the outdoors.
Be on the lookout for the 15 new recycling bins across the Alaska Zoo grounds!