You Won’t BELIEVE the Fate of Glass Bottles at Disney World!

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You might be surprised to learn what becomes of glass bottles at the Walt Disney World Resort.

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We live in a world in which the mindset, thoughts, and processes of recycling and reuse aren’t only important, but they’re absolutely necessary. And Disney is dedicated to being part of the solution–not the problem.

Disney Parks Blog shared a video that shares with fans a little about what happens to glass bottles at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida.

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A new pilot program at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is taking recycling to a whole new level. Cast Members use a machine that turns glass into pieces of gravel and a sand-like consistency. Glass is collected and placed into bins at Fort Wilderness, and then it is moved into a bin connected to the pulverizing machine.

Almost magically, with the flip of a single switch, the glass from the bins moves up a conveyor belt before being crushed by special tiny hammers. Then the pieces are sorted by size through a mesh screen. In less than a minute, an old jar can be turned into a sandy mix that can be used in other ways.

Pieces of glass turned into sand-like material

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Per Disney Parks Blog:

The pulverizer can process up to 2,000 pounds of glass per hour. So, a full ton can go through this machine every hour and be converted into sand and gravel instead of being routed to a landfill.   

This work is just one example of the ways The Walt Disney Company is aiming to lead the way in protecting the planet with our environmental goals by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water, achieve zero waste to landfills, further reduce single-use plastics and emissions, and expand renewable energy efforts.    


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At Disney’s Fort Wilderness, the sandy material is used to fill in potholes on gravel roads. It’s also used to fill in spots on the horseback riding trails Guests use. Thanks to the pulverizing machine, there are no sharp edges on the processed glass pieces, making it safe for Guests and animals to walk on. The sandy mix even lowers the amount of dust on the trails, and that’s good for everyone involved.

About Becky Burkett

Becky's from the Lone Star State and has been writing since she was 10 and encountered her first Disney Park when she was 11. It was love at first Main Street Electrical Parade. Joy is blank lined journals, 0.7 mm pens, and all things Walt, Woody and Buzz, PIXAR, Imagineering, Sleeping Beauty (make it blue!), Disney Parks history and EPCOT. At Disney World, you'll find her croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. If you can dream, you really can do it!