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.
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.
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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