From August 27 through September 2, visitors to the zoo will receive $10 admission in exchange for recycling bottles and containers made of #1 PET and # 2 HDPE plastics.
“The discount is an initiative by the zoo and Waste Connections to raise awareness about the dangers of single-use plastic items to wildlife and promote recycling and reducing personal use of plastic,” a release from the zoo said.
“Zoo Knoxville and the entire community of zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) have the opportunity and responsibility to lead by example. As an organization, we are working on finding alternatives to single-use plastics,” said CEO and President Lisa New. “We also feel it is important to challenge our guests to recycle and reuse. By doing so, they are leading a change to protect wildlife and wild places. This is a symbolic way to make everyone more aware of their consumption and disposal of plastics.”
To redeem the lower admission price, guests should present a recyclable plastic container made of #1 PET or #2 HDPE plastic at the zoo’s ticket window.