Zero Waste is a Disney Planet Possible Goal by 2030
Disney has a new goal…to send zero waste to landfills by 2030. This can be done through the magic of composting.
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) April 13, 2022
Composting Pilot Program
Composting is a natural recycling method, where organic matter decomposes into nutrient-rich soil. Then, that soil is used for gardening, farming, landscaping, and more.
Disney Parks launched a nearly 100% compostable dining pilot at Restaurantosaurus at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in an effort to reduce food waste and trash in landfills. Here, everything contained in your order, including plates, cups, cutlery, and food, is compostable.
There is a composting bin where you empty these items at the end of your meal. Then, these items go to an off-site commercial composting facility.
Of course, this is a pilot program. Therefore, individuals test and adjust these compostable and recyclable items to make sure they reduce the most contamination. However, if incorrect items are placed in the trash bin, recycling bin, and compost bin, then contamination occurs.
Food Scrap Soil
Did you know that Walt Disney World uses nutrient-rich soil made from food scraps and Restaurantosaurus service-ware items in landscaping? You can find this soil in front of Restaurantosaurus and in the Pollinator Garden at Rafiki’s Planet Watch.
Walt Disney World Cast Members learn better future techniques about composting through the pilot program. In addition, the program supports the parks’ efforts as an Environmental Protection Agency Unites States Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champion.
Disney Efforts Around the World
On the west coast, Disneyland Resort is “zeroing in on zero waste” through its waste reduction efforts. Circle D Ranch of Disneyland Resort is at the platinum certification level as a zero-waste facility through the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. So, Disneyland diverts materials, like hay and manure, from landfills.
Also, Hong Kong Disneyland has its own woodchippers onsite in order to turn plant materials into organic mulch for landscaping needs. These plant materials may come from natural growth or damage during typhoon season.
Additionally, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort increased yard waste by sorting grass clippings, leaves, and shrubs. In FY21, Hong Kong Disneyland recycled 540 tons of yard waste, an increase of 60% from the previous year.
Zero waste…a hefty goal set by Disney Parks. However, Disney Planet Possible also aims to improve emissions, water, consumer products, and construction. Disney Parks definitely cares about maintaining a healthy Earth.
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