Introductory Information

Durrell uses money raised through recycling aluminium cans to create tree corridors, restoring links between fragments of massively degraded Brazilian rainforest. This forest is home to some of the most unique wildlife in the world, including the black lion tamarin.

Money raised by Cans for Corridors is used to…

Help the environment Humankind continues to increase energy use producing ever more greenhouse gasses, Forest clearance has resulted in fewer trees to absorb harmful gases. The Durrell scheme plants forests to restore habitats protecting biodiversity and offsetting some of the greenhouse gases in our air.

Help the animals As governments and companies have torn down forest cover at alarming rates, species’ homes have disappeared. Durrell’s reforestation efforts restore, expand, and link previously destroyed habitats.

Help the people “Conservation is as much about people as it is about animals” – Dominic Wormell, Durrell’s Head of Mammals. By teaching sustainable practices for working the land, Durrell empowers native people with the tools and knowledge to build better environments and brighter futures.

Contact Us

For more information about the cans for corridors scheme, please contact:

Dominic Wormell – Head of Mammals

How can I help?

Recycle in Jersey

You can help us by collecting cans and other recyclable aluminium and copper products, by either bringing them to the recycling point here in Jersey Zoo's car park, or taking them directly to Hunts (Jersey) Ltd, in bags labelled ‘Durrell’. Please ensure that all your cans are made from aluminium only, these are most drinks cans. Some food cans are made from steel (a magnet will stick to them) and we are unable to accept steel. Don’t forget to spread the word to family and friends too!

Volunteer in Jersey

You can apply to become a volunteer and help us collect cans at local events. To find out more, please visit the volunteer section of our website

Recycle in the UK

Even if you’re not in Jersey, you can still help us by collecting cans and other recyclable aluminium products. To find out where your nearest cash for aluminium recycling centre is and whether they can collect your cans, visit The funds raised can then be sent to Durrell, marked ‘Cans for Corridors’.

Download your ‘Cans for Corridors’ Poster here

Frequently Asked Questions

How long has the project been going?

Cans for Corridors has been going since 2002.

How many trees have been planted so far?

Approximately 80-90,000 trees have been planted thanks to Durrell’s support, and overall the project has planted over 2 million trees. The first of the tree corridors was completed in 2014. Many more need to be planted in the region to achieve the connectivity needed in the tamarins’ habitat.

What are Tamarins?

Tamarins are small South American monkeys. The black lion tamarin is only found in a few forest fragments in the state of Sao Paulo in the south east of the country.

Who are IPE, and how do they use the money raised through cans for corridors?

IPE stands for Instituto De Pesquisas Ecologicas (The Institute of Ecological Study). This NGO was set up by a former Durrell Conservation Academy trainee, Claudio Padua, who was the first trainee to come to Durrell from Brazil. He set up the NGO back in the early 1990s to focus on the conservation of the black lion tamarin and the remaining Inland Atlantic rainforest. We have worked closely with this organisation over the years and were the first to introduce a captive bred black lion tamarin into the wild. We are continuing to train many individuals from IPE, and Durrell manages the black lion tamarin international studbook for all captive individuals of the species.

How many cans are needed?

Recycling approximately 50 aluminium cans will pay for one tree to be planted in a tree corridor in Brazil.

Why aluminium?

Aluminium is most cost effective reclaimable metal, recycling it is 90% more efficient than mining the raw material. A recycled can will be back on the supermarket shelves in about 2 months!

What else can we recycle?

Any aluminium product, car batteries and copper wiring.