How Disney is using recycled glass to touch up resort horse trails

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Though glass is among the items that are recyclable, much of the glass we throw into our recyclables ends up in a landfill.


However, a new project is recycling and reusing glass in one step.

Each year, 20,000 visitors from around the world ride horse trails at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

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All that traffic can create a lot of wear and tear, so resort officials came up with a creative way to main those trails using material they already had a whole lot of: glass, which Disney winds up with 2,000 tons of per year.

A glass pulverizer is used to build up worn-down horse trails instead of using traditional sand that must be bought in and shipped.

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In 30 seconds, the machine breaks down the glass, which is essentially melted and liquified sand crystals – be it a soda bottle, food jar or even a casserole dish.

The machine files down the edges of the glass fragments, meaning no sharp edges to damage feet or hooves.

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Adam Poulisse, WFTV.com

Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.