New colour-coded recycling bins have gone out around the zoo to encourage visitors to help us separate out waste and become even greener.
DZG already avoids 86 per cent of waste going to landfill through recycling – even our animal waste is composted down into fertilizer – but we want to do more.
So far five recycling stations, each containing a green bin for general waste, a red bin for plastic bottles and a blue bin for cans, have been installed and there are other single bins dotted around our 40-acre site.
And, within the first week of the bins being wheeled out, Head Gardener Carl Stevens said they were proving popular with visitors who have already started recycling right.
Colourful signage above the recycling stations has been designed by our in-house Graphic Designer Rachel Lane and features fun messages to appeal to our younger visitors too.
For example the sign on the bins by the Reptile House asks people to ‘make landfill hisss-story’ and the one in the courtyard says ‘we don’t mean to hassle but we want a clean castle’.
Conservation Officer Chris Leeson said: “We are 86 per cent landfill avoidance on site and are always striving to improve on this.
“Our gardening team already recycles what they can from our bins and we send all litter to a waste management company which sorts it. But, by encouraging visitors to separate out the waste, we can hopefully reduce what goes to landfill even further.
“All our plates and cutlery in the Queen Mary restaurant are made from plant starch, we have paper straws and even the cooking oil is reused to fuel vehicles.”