Feeling Full? Less Guilt for Leftover Disneyland Food
Have you had one snack too many at Disneyland? No need to feel guilty! Now you can recycle your leftover food at Disneyland!
The Disneyland Resort has introduced food waste bins for guests to help reduce food waste that is typically sent to landfills.
The Walt Disney Company announced their goal of achieving zero waste to landfill by 2030 earlier this year. With that in mind, the Disneyland Resort has accelerated its ongoing commitment to reducing waste.
The resort has been recovering food scraps since 2014, mostly throughout food and beverage locations. Now guests will be able to help reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfill with new food waste bins located beside the traditional landfill and recycling bins.
This effort will start as a pilot at Galactic Grill in Tomorrowland at Disneyland park. There, guests are being asked to properly sort their waste and dispose of leftover food into the food waste bins. This food waste, unfit for human consumption, is sent to a third-party vendor to be converted into feed nutrients for farm animals.
“It’s our responsibility to create immersive experiences and happiness for our guests, but to do so in an environmentally sustainable way,” said Lotus Thai, environmental integration manager. “We have a responsibility to do and be better for our cast members, our guests, our community and future generations.”
The Walt Disney Company’s commitment to preserving the environment dates back to Walt Disney who once said,
“The natural resources of our vast continent are not inexhaustible. But if we use our riches wisely, if we will protect our wildlife and preserve our lakes and streams, these things will last us for generations to come.”
The Disneyland Resort is dedicated to environmental stewardship and believes in promoting best practices throughout its operations to help preserve the environment.
The Walt Disney Company outlined their 2030 environmental goals in a recent white paper. Here are some of the highlights:
The growing amount of waste produced today poses a threat to our environment and ecosystems, and to communities around the world. By reducing the amount of waste we generate, reusing what we can and recycling materials that can otherwise end up damaging ecosystems, we can help reduce biodiversity loss, pollution and greenhouse gases, while protecting local communities.
At our owned and operated Disney locations, we have increased diversion of operational waste from landfills from 49% in 2015 to 57% in 2019. In fact, we sent less total waste to landfills in 2019 than we did in 2014, despite the tremendous growth in our operations over that same period. These efforts are all a part of our long-term vision to become a zero waste company.
While we are proud of the progress we have made, we are committed to doing more.
The Walt Disney Company is committed to working to achieve zero waste to landfill for our wholly owned and operated parks and resorts by 2030.
In particular, our zero waste to landfill efforts will continue Disney’s focus on reducing food waste. When we waste food, we also waste everything that went into growing, harvesting, packaging, and transporting that food.
To do our part, we will maximize food waste diversion, with Walt Disney World committing to EPA’s Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions challenge, and meeting a minimum 50% food waste diversion. We will report on our food waste diversion every year.
Disneyland Resort was recognized by the EPA with the Food Recovery Challenge award for its food recovery efforts. We are committed to prioritizing food waste reduction initiatives according to the EPA Food Recovery Hierarchy.
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