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January 15, 2019
Walt Disney World and Chiquita Brands have partnered to implement a banana peel collection and recycling process for Walt Disney World’s Marathon Weekend and the 2018-19 runDisney race season.
Chiquita will place waste bins at strategic locations within race finish line areas. If all banana peels are collected and recycled as planned, the move could divert upwards of 14 tons of food scraps from landfill, according to The Produce News. The banana peels would then be turned into electricity and fertilizer.
The Produce News has more details:
Chiquita Brands International continued its support for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. As the official banana sponsor of the race weekend, Chiquita will donate more than 100,000 bananas to runners and spectators. Disney and Chiquita have also teamed up to implement a banana peel collection and recycling process for the 2018-19 runDisney race season as part of a larger strategy to strengthen environmental responsibility.
Chiquita branded waste bins will be placed in strategic locations within runDisney race finish line areas throughout the race season to maximize capture rate with runners and spectators. The new collection process, which will be implemented for the entire 2019 runDisney series, has the opportunity, if all peels are recycled, to divert upwards of 14 tons of food scraps (28,000 pounds of banana peels) from landfills and turn them into electricity and fertilizer.
“We’re always looking for ways to strengthen our commitment to the environment, and the banana peel collection and recycling process is the newest element of our environmental strategy for runDisney,” said Angie Renner. “We’re excited to work with Chiquita to implement a recycling program where we can work together with our guests to reduce food waste from landfills.”
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