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Disney World’s commitment to being environmentally friendly has become clearer in recent years. From banning straws and excessive plastic lids to providing over-prepared meals to food banks, good deeds and environmental commitments are measurable. Discarded food scraps have been composted as part of our commitment to zero waste to landfills by 2030 (just eight years from now).
Get the most out of your Disney compost
Disney is committed to conserving the planet’s resources, and the next step in this practice is composting food waste. Mother Nature has already done this with fruits, nuts, vegetables, etc., so nutrients are returned to the ground, creating nutrient-rich soil for the next generation of plants. could not be handled well.
The amount of food waste in our bins is about 30% of what we throw away. That’s a lot! From food scraps to landscape scraps, these materials can easily decompose into new ones if they are not trapped in bags and produce methane or suffocate in landfills (compost). needs air!).
A team at Restaurantosaurus is testing a new program to compost food waste with great success. Disney launched a “nearly 100% compostable dining pilot” last year at Restaurant Saurus in his Disney Animal Kingdom. Almost everything you receive with your order is compostable: plates, cups, cutlery, and of course food!”
After dining at this family-friendly, quick-service place, guests were invited to dispose of their trash, though it’s a little more work than throwing it all out at once. , you will see three trash cans in the trash can. Compostable items are collected and transported to an off-site commercial composting facility for processing. Disney cast members are studying the breakdown of food waste and degradable items in field studies to see how the process unfolds.
Before you get too excited about the composting program, know that Disney says the restaurant’s process is a pilot program. “We test and calibrate to make sure you get compostable and recyclable items and reduce pollution. Pollution occurs when inappropriate items are placed in compost bins, recycling bins and even trash bins and can disrupt the composting or recycling process, so making it easy for our guests to sort their items correctly and participate in helping the environment is our number one priority.”
No compost is wasted as the program is running! New soil with incredible recycled nutrients has been placed in the landscaping and flower beds right in front of the Restaurantosaurus. You can also take the train to Planet Watch in Rafiki to see the pollinator gardens that host this compost soil. A new sign alerts observers to the pilot program.
That’s not all! Disneyland Resort is also participating in the “Zero Waste” program by testing its efforts at Circle D Ranch. The stables at the Disneyland Resort have been labeled as zero-waste facilities for several years, and “recently achieved platinum certification through the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.” Circle D achieves this status by leveraging local composting programs. Diverting materials like hay and manure from landfills reduces the amount of trash and allows nature to work its magic.
Disney’s “zero waste to landfill” goal continues to include benchmarking emissions, water, construction and other consumer products. We look forward to seeing what happens over the next eight years. We are so proud that our favorite company works hard for the planet.
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