“The Disney College Program has been a treasure chest of opportunities for me! One of these has been the Recycling Initiative, which has allowed me to help with a great cause and volunteer with Disney,”
– Kevin, Disney California Adventure Custodial cast member.
In 2009, Bob Iger announced three long-term environmental stewardship goals to guide The Walt Disney Company and all of its segments in growing responsibly over the next ten years. One of these three goals was the “Zero Waste Initiative”. So when a small group of dedicated Disneyland Disney College Program Participants expressed interest in starting a Recycling Program at their housing facility, word spread quickly.
“It’s so great to have a team of dedicated cast members who are going out of their way to give back to the community. The off-site recycling program is a great way for the College Program participants to make a difference in Orange County, despite their short time with us,”
– Quinn Shuriyan, Community Relations Specialist.
Beginning in January, Participants gathered once a week to collect, sort and transport Recyclable commodities from the building to a local Recycling Center near their Housing Facility. As an incentive, The Community Relations Department partnered with the Program to award VoluntEARS hours to these dedicated students.
“Volunteering is a good way to give back to society and recycling is a great way to give back to nature. I am glad the College Program has allowed me to do both!”
– Lingru, Cast Costuming.
In the first few weeks of the Program, many challenges were faced and overcome. The largest of these was where to take the Recyclable Commodities and how to transport them there after the local Recycling Center shut down. A tip from the Environmentality team gave the Participants the answers they were looking for. The Orange County Conservation Corps has been a long-term recycling partner of the Disneyland Resort. The OCC has been part of the Orange County non-profit community for over 20 years, providing environmental services to agencies and businesses throughout Southern California.
“We are so happy to partner with the Disney College Program to help meet their recycling goals,”
– George Patino, Recycling Manager, Orange County Conservation Corps.
“There is no such thing as a small role when it comes to recycling. In the Disney College Program, here at the Disneyland Resort, I have been given the opportunity to play a role in making a difference in our environment. Each week I would gather, sort, process, and deliver the recycled items to a processing center. This is a role of love. Much like Pluto is a loyal friend to Mickey Mouse; we should follow his example and be loyal friends to our environment. Each and every one of us can play a crucial role in ensuring the health and longevity of the planet we love. No matter which role of recycling you are able to do. Each role of recycling is a ‘Starring Role’”.
– Phillip, Buena Vista Street Merchandise Host.
The Disney College Program will be donating the money they acquire through their bottle and can recycling initiative to the Orange County Food Bank. The OC Food Bank is a long-standing partner to the Disneyland Resort. Many cast members VoluntEAR at the food bank throughout the year. The Disney College Program even hosts an entire class of Blended Learning Series at the Food Bank VoluntEARing. We feel it’s a great way to tie a thread through the Living and Learning aspects of the College Program here at the Disneyland Resort.
Katy, Disneyland Housing Operations