The Disneyland Resort has been honored with the 2017 Van Vlahakis Sustainability Excellence Award for its innovative liquid waste management solution, which significantly reduces contamination in recyclables and impacts to landfills.
In the resort’s program, guests and employees pour the contents of unfinished beverages into a funnel built into recycling bins before recycling their cup or bottle. The resort can then more efficiently process the recyclables and properly dispose of liquid wastes separately, helping The Walt Disney Company reach its target of diverting 60% of its waste from landfills by 2020.
The Van Vlahakis Sustainability Excellence Award is given to a company or organization that integrates sustainability into its business practices and serves as an example for other organizations to emulate. The award was presented by Earth Friendly Products, the maker of ECOS environmentally friendly cleaning products, on October 19th, 2017 at UCI Applied Innovation in Irvine, CA.