At the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, we try to help the planet in every way we can. Through recycling programs, composting, and sustainable building and cleaning practices, we help the environment and provide opportunities for the community to pitch in as well. You can learn more about the conservation efforts of the Zoo on the At The Zoo: Animal Conservation page, Beyond Our Own Backyard page, Research page, or return to the main Conservation page.
Bottles and Aluminum Cans
To make recycling cans and bottles more convenient, the Zoo continually adds recycling bins throughout the park through a partnership with Pepsi. Recycled cans and bottles go to the City of Pittsburgh to be sorted, baled, and sold. Recycled cans become new cans and other aluminum products; recycled bottles become other lower grade plastic items. We recycle approximately eight tons of bottles and cans per year – that’s enough cans to power a television for 1,532,184 hours (more than you’ll ever watch in your lifetime).
Water Recycling & Reclamation
One of our largest recycling efforts is water. Using backwash, backwash recovery, and new water reservoir tanks, we reuse 46,000 gallons per week. Water that would otherwise drain into the sewers is recycled and fills the habitats at Water’s Edge alone nearly six times each year.