Disney’s Sustainable Solutions to Waste Management Are Exactly What We Need From Big Corporations

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There’s been a visible shift in recent years in which society has become more invested in environmental sustainability. Saving everything from energy to water has become more critical than before, and limiting waste output has also become a huge priority for many.

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That said, much of the responsibility for environmental sustainability is often pushed onto individuals, especially those most affected by environmental deterioration. At the same time, the bulk of waste is produced by massive corporations.

It’s been proven that over 90% of waste is produced by just 100 companies. It’s worth noting that many of these massive corporations do very little to clean up the messes they’ve created.

That’s why the Walt Disney Company’s efforts to reach its sustainability goals are more important than ever.

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USA Today recently released a report detailing how the Walt Disney Company reduces its waste worldwide, and we’ve never been prouder to be Disney fans.

For one, Disney has implemented solar panel farms in Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris, utilizing clean solar energy to power Disney Parks.

Walt Disney World recycles glass bottles by pulverizing the material until it’s been turned into fine grains of sand. This sand is used in specific outdoor trails around Walt Disney World and can even be used to repair roads. In doing so, it reduces the need to harvest sand from beaches, which significantly impacts the environment.

Over in Disneyland Resort, cooking oil is recycled and repurposed as fuel for the Mark Twain Riverboat and other vehicles.

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As for uneaten food, the Walt Disney Company donates not hundreds, not thousands, but millions of pounds of food to different food banks every year.

Other food scraps are repurposed and turned into animal feed on occasion.

In Animal Kingdom, some restaurants serve food in all compostable waste, including utensils, so the trash is immediately repurposed and used as fertilizer.

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This is just the tip of the iceberg regarding Disney’s conservation efforts. We can’t even imagine what’s going on behind the scenes in the company’s effort toward environmental stewardship.

While we should all participate in the fight for the environment’s conservation, it’s refreshing to see a company as big as the Walt Disney Company doing its part.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.