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Riverbanks Zoo & Garden - Allen Wallace photo

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is set to host its third annual Wild About Recycling event Saturday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free recycling drop-off is for residents of Lexington and Richland Counties.

Wild About Recycling is a community partnership between Lexington and Richland Counties, the City of Columbia and Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

A variety of items will be accepted including electronics, paper to shred, scrap metals, tires and used cooking oils. Materials from businesses will not be accepted.

Cell phones and other mobile devices collected during the drop-off will be recycled as part of Gorillas on the Line - a global initiative to reduce the demand for coltan and protect gorilla habitats in the wild. Coltan is a mineral found in cell phones and other small electronics that is mined from areas where endangered gorillas live.

Nearly 800 cars passed through last year's Wild About Recycling event. Volunteers collected more than 62,000 pounds of recyclables including 33,000 pounds of electronics.

Residents are encouraged to arrive early and should remain in their vehicles at all times. Vehicles will enter the drop-off area from Greystone Boulevard and proceed down Rivermont Drive. Event volunteers will assist with traffic flow and collection of materials.

Additional details and information are available on Riverbanks' website or by calling 803-576-2467.

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