AMUSEMENT PARKS WASTE RECYCLING CONSIDERATIONS AND EQUIPMENT
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Waste & Recycling Equipment Category
Brief Description / Typical Application
Main Material Classes
(Select the materials below for additional information)
For the public areas and quick service dining areas.
|Bottle and Can Crusher
|Amusement Park Recycling of PET bottles and also cans is very easy when using this Multiple Bay Crusher. It is designed for easy separation & baling of different materials.
pound bales of Cardboard
|60" High Density Economy Baler
|Up to 1,000 pound bales of Cardboard
Easy to handle 80 - 90 lb bales of Shrink Wrap
pound bales of PET
Single Stream Self Contained Compactors
(with Two Compartments)
|Large volume Amusement Parks and Entertainment Centers can use one dual compartment compactor for processing both Recyclables and non-recyclables
|Small Footprint, Low Noise, Great Throughput & Simple
Compacting Dumpsters are tipped onsite by Haulers
Improves Security and convenience - Easy to empty
the trash in your existing 96 gal or 64 gal containers
Easy to use
and easy to feed large volumes of trash manually, by conveyor or air
Compactor hauled directly to the landfill.
|For large volumes of dry waste at Amusement Parks
crushing Fluorescent Bulbs
Waste Reduction and Recycling Tips for Amusement Parks, Theme Parks & Family Establishments
With over 100 million people visiting various family amusement and theme parks in North America each year*, recycling and waste is something to be considered. Besides trash, take into account the energy and lights associated with amusement parks as well as parking and hotels associated with these family entertainment centers and it is time to consider an eco-friendly initiative that keeps the amusement park or family fun establishment leaving a green footprint in its wake.
*Theme Park Insider
No matter how well amusement parks are maintained, it seems like every few feet is a trashcan filled with paper, plastic bottles and other recyclable materials.
So what should be done? Many local amusement parks have recycling or energy conservation programs. If you don’t see information about one listed on their site or available at the location, ask them to consider starting one (a letter or email to the CEO or President is best).
Recycling at large venues is of utmost importance, especially amusement parks that regularly host large crowds and often times weddings and other special events. Recycling is something that should happen on a continuing basis, not for a short time.
Amusement parks and family entertainment centers should purchase permanent, easily identifiable containers. It is also important to have an ongoing relationship with a waste/recycling hauler who will collect recyclables on a regular basis. If theme parks make recycling fun and easy then the general public will be better able to help out and keep the parks clean and our environment cleaner.
Recycling bins should also be located in the parking lots and restroom areas and other locations where guests are apt to throw out waste.
Amusement parks and theme parks should also encourage employees to get involved and take pride in a company’s recycling program. Have a contest amongst staff to see who can recycle the most cans at work and give out prizes for participation. Host a “Green Day” to train employees on recycling and resource conservation.
Install automatic lights, LEDs or compact fluorescent bulbs to maximize energy efficiency at the theme park and save on energy costs.
Other recycling and conservation efforts extend to toilets – install low flow toilets that save millions of gallons of water a year.
Its important as large businesses for family fun establishments and amusement parks to do their part and recognize that recycling is key to their business model.
Waste Reduction Tips
Here’s a fun amusement park fact: Did you know that Disney World recycles all the human waste from the parks and hotels? It's true, the solid and liquids are separated and the solids are used as fertilizer on the tree farm, where all the trees for the parks are grown. Growing hydrangeas cleans the liquids naturally and then the water is sent off to the sprinkler system. When you visit a Disney Park, you'll see little signs that say "THIS IS NOT DRINKING WATER!" Now you know what they really mean by that!
A long-term goal for many amusement parks is to achieve zero waste. To meet that goal these establishments will need to increase and improve aggressive recycling and disposal programs as well as source high-recycled content and recyclable products.
It is important for theme parks that generate solid waste to measure their waste production. Is there an opportunity for some of the materials to be diverted from a landfill? Create targets and goals to support your initiatives (for example, next year we want to decrease solid waste to landfill by 50%).
Merchandise is another area for theme parks and family fun establishments to consider. Plastic bags used should be made from post-consumer recycled material. Employees should encourage guests to reuse existing bags and consider purchasing sturdy reusable bags that are branded and sold with the company logo.
In terms of amusement park, dining and food is a key area of waste reduction. Start a donation program so that leftover food is picked up or dropped off to local shelters. In addition, composting of food waste not donated is a major effort in waste reduction and will reduce landfill exposure.
Organizations, such as Disney, have even gone so far as to create documentary movies (DisneyNature, 2009) showcasing their commitment as an organization to creating an eco-friendly planet that inspires others to appreciate the world we live in.
Case Study: Walt Disney World exhibits environmental stewardship
One of the biggest theme park and family fun establishments in the world takes its commitment to the environment seriously, dating back to its origins and founder, Walt Disney. Walt's pioneering foresight set the stage for a strong emphasis on care for the environment, which was evident from the filming of the True Life Adventure documentary series through his ideas to incorporate conservation into the Walt Disney World® Resort master plan.
Walt Disney World
- More than 18,000 tons of materials are recycled every year at the Walt Disney World® Resort, and recycling bins are provided in each of the guest rooms at its hotels. The Disney Harvest Food Program collects food that has been prepared and not served, donating almost 50,000 pounds of edible food each month.
- Disney's "Culinary Conservation Committee" was created to implement wise purchasing practices and menu creation which ensures, for example, that the oceans' fisheries continue to flourish by making smart seafood selections.
- The Walt Disney World® Resort follows a rigorous program of conservation that ranges from using low-flow shower heads, to reclaiming waste water, to designing buildings to be energy efficient.
Source: Walt Disney Company www.disney.com
Disney Corporate Responsibility Report
Case study: Six Flags converts vehicles to vegetable oil and add recycling bins to parks
Six Flags, (www.sixflags.com) one of the most popular amusement park chains in the country, launched an effort in 2009 to convert all of its diesel-powered vehicles to run on vegetable oil generated in Six Flags kitchens; reduce the consumption of electricity by switching to LED lamps and lights; install low-flow, high-efficiency water fixtures; plant water-saving vegetation and groundcover; and, in partnership with Coca-Cola, add several thousand additional recycling bins to its parks.
*Source: Six Flags
Although specific day-to-day waste reduction and recycling efforts vary according to local and city governments, the overall strategy for amusement parks and family fun establishments should seek to integrate waste prevention and recycling programs as key components of their core business strategies and operations.
For assistance in determining the best approach for your particular facility, email WasteCare Corporation at firstname.lastname@example.org and in addition to your contact information, let us know the approximate volume of trash being hauled from your facility each week or month and the approximate waste hauling cost each month and we will be glad to give you some suggestions.
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