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Going Green

April 5, 2010

Busch Gardens is committed to the environment and has taken great strides throughout the years to ensure that conservation is a priority. Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with my good friend, Alicia Moore, the environmental manager for Busch Gardens and Water Country USA. Alicia is very proud of her work and took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to share with me what our company is doing to make sure we are as green as possible.

Did you know that we have more than 600 recycling containers throughout the park? That’s right, 670 to be exact. If you are eating at Grogan’s Grill, La Cucina, or my favorite, Trapper’s Smokehouse, look for the traditional recycling containers to dispose of your paper and plastic items. However, if you are walking around the park, you will be hard-pressed to find a ‘traditional’ recycle container. That is because refuse from 600 of our trash cans throughout the park, marked with the label below, is taken to our recycling dumpsters. TFC Recycling utilizes a single-stream recycling system and is able to sort recyclables from trash. With the use of TFC’s Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) facility, we are very excited to announce a 90.5% recycling rate at Busch Gardens for 2009 and 85% for Water Country USA.

The recycling fun does not stop there. Alicia also informed me that in 2010, we will be installing dewatering systems on our high-use solid waste compactors. Dewatering the high-use solid waste compactors at both parks will decrease the amount of solid waste disposed of by at least 150 tons annually. Secondly, this will reduce the frequency of pickups by our hauling vendor by approximately one haul every month. This will in-turn help reduce fuel and greenhouse gas emissions from the trucks hauling our solid waste.

These are just a few examples of Busch Gardens’ commitment to protecting the natural world that we share. Is it exciting or appealing? No. But is it worth it? Yes.

Rob
Park Operations Manager at Busch Gardens

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Angelique permalink
    April 5, 2010 3:35 pm

    That is fascinating Rob!

  2. April 5, 2010 11:23 pm

    Busch Gardens is not just a great park to tourists, it is also a great park to the environment. Not only does Busch do things like this, but they rescue animals, plant trees, as well as gardens, and make the world a better place. I look up at the Busch parks for all that they do to run a green setup. Great job Rob (heh, that rhymes), and I’ll see you this season.

  3. April 6, 2010 7:39 am

    That is awesome. Keep up the good work! There’s no excuse NOT to have recycling containers, especially in and around the places where recyclable items are being served. I just hope that people continue to take note of them and don’t use them as trash containers.

  4. April 6, 2010 3:46 pm

    Please explain how TFC Recycling works. They can recycle anything? Like left over food?

    • April 8, 2010 1:49 pm

      Alyssa,
      We have two types of compactors – Solid Waste and Recycling. The Recycling compactors have recyclable products, such as paper, aluminum, plastics, glass and metal products. The Solid Waste compactors have anything that has been “contaminated” with food waste.

      The Recycling compactors go directly to the TFC facility, where the items are sorted by type of materials with a very efficient laser driven machine. Each type of recyclable material then gets bailed together and is sold to a mill to be reused into new products.

      The Solid Waste compactors are taken to one of two Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF) Facilities located in Hampton Roads. These facilities use our solid waste to produce energy; therefore, reusing our waste instead of depositing it into a landfill.

      In addition, any specialty items that we need recycled (ie. Construction waste, miscellaneous metals, etc.) goes through TFC. They will find a mill buyer to purchase almost any item.

      • April 8, 2010 9:34 pm

        Thats really great, I didn’t know we could turn wastes int fuel efficiently. More places need to do the recycling you are doing.

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