From Bottles to Blooms: How Disney Uses Recycled Glass

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Ever wondered where your recycled glass goes at Walt Disney World? Believe it or not, it might be helping cultivate the stunning flowers you see at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival!

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Disney has implemented an innovative program that utilizes a glass pulverizer to transform recycled glass into a sand-like material. This material is already being used across Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, including on horse trails!

But Disney’s ambitions don’t stop there. Recycled glass from select EPCOT locations is now being incorporated into greenhouse floors, acting as a drainage layer for the plants’ frequent watering needs. This not only benefits the environment but also creates a healthy ecosystem for the park’s flourishing flora.

The program’s success is largely attributed to Disney’s dedicated cast members. By sharing the initiative’s progress, cast members identified new possibilities for recycled glass, propelling the program forward.

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Looking ahead, Disney is optimistic about using pulverized glass in even more ways. So next time you recycle at Disney World, remember – your actions are contributing to a magical and sustainable future!

This pilot program showcases Disney’s commitment to environmental responsibility and their dedication to constant innovation. With exciting possibilities on the horizon, the future looks bright for both Disney and the planet!

*photo credit: Walt Disney World


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Chris is a Pennsylvania native who escaped the cold and relocated to the Orlando area. Our resident Universal expert, Chris has been visiting the Universal Orlando Resort since the 1990s. Chris is a Universal and Walt Disney World Passholder, and can often be found exploring the parks taking in the sites (and finding new things to write about!).
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