ORLANDO, FLA. (Sept. 11, 8 a.m. ET) — Some people have different ideas about the definition of single-stream recycling.
Some say single-stream is putting all your waste together, including trash, and having materials recovery facility workers sort it out. Others say that single-stream recycling bins should contain no trash.
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment employs a largely no-trash approach at its only single-stream recycling facility, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Va., said Alex Sorondo, corporate director of environmental affairs for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.
The company's effort is “largely” no trash because park guests discard trash and recyclables in several cans along pathways. The contents of the cans are taken to a MRF where workers separate trash from recyclables.
Busch Gardens is allowed a percentage of trash-to-recycling, said Sorondo, who will discuss “Commercial Single-Stream Recycling: Best Practice, Risks, Benefits, and Case Studies” at the Corporate Recycling and Waste Conference at the Gaylord Palms Resort near Orlando, Fla.
“At the SeaWorld facility in Orlando, the different streams that we have are handled differently from a cost and/or revenue perspective,” said Sorondo, who added that the facility doesn't pay to have material hauled away.
SeaWorld Orlando does recycle, he said, but it's not single-stream. Also, the difference between the Orlando and Williamsburg facilities shows how SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment adapts its recycling efforts to appease vendors.
“All of our facilities are in different parts of the country,” said Sorondo, “which means that they all have different opportunities and there are different vendors that handle [recycling] differently.”
For example, the SeaWorld San Diego park might recycle different material than the Orlando-area park. However, SeaWorld Orlando offers a glimpse into the diversity of what the company recycles.
SeaWorld Orlando recycles aluminum cans, and glass and plastic bottles from guests. In addition, the park recycles items from its operations, including used oil, electronics, cooking oil, pallets, paper, cardboard, light bulbs, scrap metal, shrink wrap, construction material and toner cartridges.
And the effort doesn't stop there. Sorondo said the company hopes to start recycling wetsuits that the company passes out to guests to use at Discovery Cove, where customers get a chance to snorkel with dolphins and see tropical reefs. The company also anticipates recycling the passenger tubes used at its water parks.