How Much Garbage Does Walt Disney World Produce?

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Walt Disney World. Itโ€™s large and itโ€™s full of people. According to the Reedy Creek Improvement District the area can see as many as 250,000 people a day across the entire property. Thatโ€™s a lot of people, and people produce garbage and so naturally, thatโ€™s also a lot of garbage. But just how much garbage is produced at Walt Disney World? New here? Be sure to subscribe! ๐Ÿ”ท My Patreon! โค My Disney History Book List! ๐Ÿ“š My Disney Podcast! ๐ŸŽง Follow me on Twitter! ๐Ÿ“ฑ An additional thanks to my Patrons! Alexander Folk ๐Ÿ† Allison Ganzhorn ๐Ÿ† Andres Gutierrez ๐Ÿ† Braden Foster ๐Ÿ† Brent T Gleason ๐Ÿ† Christine Mahin ๐Ÿ† Deborah Malcolm ๐Ÿ† Don Duncan ๐Ÿ† Heath Farrell ๐Ÿ† Jesse Taylor ๐Ÿ† John Gundlach ๐Ÿ† John Shoemaker ๐Ÿ† Joshua Sheha ๐Ÿ† Juan Sepulveda ๐Ÿ† Kevin Hitchcock ๐Ÿ† Mallory Craig ๐Ÿ† Marc DiFilippo ๐Ÿ† Marcus Beard ๐Ÿ† Martin Lohr ๐Ÿ† Matthew Hyndman ๐Ÿ† Meghan Franklin ๐Ÿ† Michael Gorzkowski ๐Ÿ† Nathan Peschke ๐Ÿ† Rafael Gorrochotegui ๐Ÿ† Ross Kratter ๐Ÿ† Samantha Silverstein ๐Ÿ† Scott Robertson ๐Ÿ† Shawndelle Young ๐Ÿ† Thomas ๐Ÿ† Tracy Funk ๐Ÿ† Troy Krupinski ๐Ÿ† Tyler Abbott ๐Ÿ† Victoria Luu ๐Ÿ†Michael Ford ๐Ÿ† Brian Bugert ๐Ÿ†David Durham ๐Ÿ† Edward Simmons ๐Ÿ† I donโ€™t want to bury the lead so letโ€™s just dive into the numbers. According to the Reedy Creek Improvement District utilities report, the district picked up a total of 161,000 tons of waste in 2017. That averages out to 441 tons of trash every single day. Now thatโ€™s a lot of garbage, but how does that break down, and how do they manage it? Well for one, not all waste is equal. The district breaks down waste into a few different categories, including solid waste (your general garbage), food waste, landscape waste, manure, and recyclables. Theyโ€™re all collected and managed separately. Now the solid waste makes up the lionโ€™s share, with it accounting for just over 110,000 tons of the 161,000 total while 12.7 thousand tons are comprised of loose and bailed recyclables. However the number that surprised me the most wasnโ€™t how much garbage was being produced, but how often it was being trucked off. Because, you see, in 2017 there were an average of 191 waste pickups per day, every day. Keep in mind, those pickups arenโ€™t the times a custodial cast member is emptying a trash can on Main Street. Weโ€™re talking about the number of times trucks from Reedy Creekโ€™s fleet of 35 solid waste transfer vehicles loaded up on garbage and whisked it off to a processing facility. Spread out evenly, that would be a pickup roughly every seven and a half minutes.

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Bpendragon Presents : Rob, I'm really a fan of how you don't bury the lead and just give us the number in the first 45 seconds. It then allows us to process that number without having to remember what the initial question was. I've seen way to many videos that were 5 minutes of fluff and 30 seconds of content to answer similar questions (not that the last 4 minutes here is fluff, it's actually quite informative)

Pancek : What is Walt's history in firework displays? Like, who did he sign a deal with to get so many fireworks to be displayed from so many shows every single day? What was his first deal and who was it with? Great video Rob I'd like to see more information on Disneyland's garbage disposal because they don't have vacuum tubes in there park. Or do they?

cushmanproductions : Also, when WDW has damaged or out of date merchandise, they resell it to CMs at a discount. Many other places ship it off or simply throw it away. And when Disney remodels hotels or break rooms, many of those items (old furniture, wall art, tvs, etc) are also resold or auctioned off.

Josh Esh : Currently at the Magic Kindgom, watching this in line at Space Mountain.

Jordan Abendroth : As a custodian at Disney World, this is an awesome video! The app you are talking about is live in DHS and Magic Kingdom, look for custodial cast members with phones and ask them about it!

Aeon : The scale of Disney World is mind-boggling .

Thais Gregorio : Thank you Rob for showing the numbers on the metric system as well โค

patrick warren : Been waiting for this as Iโ€™m a former garbage man!!

Spencer Alan Good : Hidden Mickey in the thumbnail?

michael taylor : Rob, this video was GARBAGE!!!! LOL I know that was soooo trashy & NOT an original comment. It is amazing how clean the park always is though.

Tim Schulze : Rob, I became a subscriber about a month and a half ago. I'm a big Disney Fan and a Civil Engineer. I'm very impressed with your work. I love these shorts that you have created. Please keep up the great work. Because of you I also now listen to the Retro Disney World Podcast. Thank you very much, Tim

: I some how knew this video was coming. You're videos are getting better and better, Rob! I have a good feeling this might go viral. Which would be awesome!

Marianne C : Another well-written , well -edited , well-produced video! Thanks Rob !

Darth Vader : Rob I like your videos Iโ€™m not a Disney fan on the level you are but I enjoy that you always have accurate information, and can compare most of your Disney topics to the real world I.e lbs per capita Disney vs U.S

Critical Reviews : Well done, Rob! Hoping this one blows up like the mosquito video!

Fun Disney Fan : Great video Rob! It is very surprising that Walt Disney World doesnโ€™t produce more garbage. This is one Disney thing I never knew, but just learned! Keep up the great work Rob!

Mr. Charmander : 1:38 hey Oswald

E.A. Cackowski : Another great video! I really like the graphics you use for stats in these kinds of vidsโ€” they look fun but also really polished and professional. And of course, gotta love the footage from the Mickey Mouse cartoons!

John Haines : Another awesome video Rob, I always look forward to the interesting topics you cover.

UmmYeahOk : Yea! Oswald! That one Mickey cartoon was perfect for your show!

Byakugan Jonin : Nice vid

Adam H : When you make a video do you keep a backlog of one or two videos to release so you can keep a constant flow? Or do you make videos week by week?

Teddy Hwang : Every video in this channel in a nutshell (Relevant Disney video or stock footage of Disney world starts playing) "According to the Reedy Creek improvement district, which is a governing jurisdiction making up Disney world..."

mpjvending : You should do a whole video about the AVAC system!

chewydewok : Another great video. I guess you could call this your first trashy video. :)

merrivideo : This is amazing. I would keep watching for an hour. Thank you for giving so good information. It just makes me wanna work or live in Disney World.

shinny eyes : Your videos make a happier person. Thanks.

glenn goodale : Thank you so much for sharing this video. I felt like I was there!

Dawn Torres : I do not know why I was so excited for this video when I saw the preview a few days ago, trash is not normally a fascinating subject but when it's Disney trash it is intriguing. Great video as always.

Frozen Legos : I think youโ€™re the only person who could make an interesting video about trash

WhoelsebutCoop - SPIDERPIGC : Another GREAT vid Rob!

Morty Mouse : Insane to even think about!

Happiness and Sweet Tea : This was so interesting and informative.

Jean-Luc Canas : @2:12 $1000000 in 1971 adjusted for inflation is a bent over six and a quarter million nowadays.

TOUGH MAN RANDY SAVAGE : They should create a tv show called rcpd. A show like cops where they deal with unruly guests xD

Spacespider 64 : I see garbage everywhere and itโ€™s anoying thank you for showing why you should recycle โ™ป๏ธ and also nice vid๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

BigJoe941 : Great video brother!!!!

Speedy Gamer : love your vids

The PhD Princess : Is it weird that I'm fascinated by how they manage to sort through all of the recycling? And thanks for getting a shot of my favorite Disney trash can in there!

Alan Eiseman : That was a waste of time. Kidding good video. Thanks from Orlando

Monster Monstre : Rob, what do you think is Eisner's legacy (best and worst) in the light of where the Disney Parks are currently almost 15 years after Eisner? And spring boarding off your mosquito video, how are birds controlled by the Disney Parks, a.k.a. why isn't the "Guardians of the Galaxy, Mission: Breakout" and big, bird roost dripping with the accompanying poop?

Elizabeth B : Nice video! I did the Keys to the Kingdom tour 2 days ago and we got to see where the garbage ends up at the Magic Kingdom. It travels at 35mph in those tubes and they use a deodorizer to mask the smell.

chris Crowther : what about the other kins of waste? what are those numbers?

Fun Disney Fan : Second

akiel Melendez : I wonder how much water they consume and how much they pay for it

Raf Tash : Do those figures include mosquito carcasses?

guitarlord108 : Please post more videos

Sean Frawley : Hi Rob, love your videos. Have you done one on Walk Around the World yet? Iโ€™d love to see one!

ConnorTheRandomKid 2004 : Hey Rob I Have a Couple Of Questions First One What Happened to the Pink And Purple Monorail and The Balloon stickers on the windows my second question is what is the model of the bombardier mark 6 monorail