Drop off your aluminum cans here at the Akron Zoo anytime throughout the year! Money raised from recycling the cans goes towards Cans for Corridors.
NEW FOR 2021: All pop/beer cans must be separated from aluminum cat food cans. Please bag each type of can separately.
What is Cans for Corridors?
Cans for Corridors is a global effort started by a conservation organization, IPE in Brazil, to reestablish corridors in the Brazilian rainforest. Tree corridors are used by many different animals, such as tamarins, jaguars, capybaras, birds and more, to move from area to area. Without these trees corridors for the animals to move around in, animals are more susceptible to natural disasters,plus it doesn't allow them to increase their genetic diversity, leading to lower population sizes.
Aluminum cans are collected and then recycled. Money from recycling the cans are used to purchase native trees to replant in Brazil to connect patches of the rainforest. One tree only cost 75 cents, which equals 45-50 aluminum cans.
2020 By the Numbers
- 4,249 pounds of aluminum recycled
- $929 raised
- 1,239 trees planted in the Brazilian rainforest
The Akron Zoo Cans for Corridors effort is coordinated by the Akron Zoo Chapter of American Association of Zookeepers (AAZK).