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Bottle recycling bins – the (unwelcome) buzz

Thursday, 17th September 2009 at 18:12

Recycling binsThose special recycling bins for plastic bottles and cans, which DLRP Today reported on last month, have certainly helped the parks' green credentials -- but at the cost of an unwelcome guest.,

And no, not the kind of guest who writes graffiti in the Crush’s Coaster queue, stands in front of you on the parade route or climbs on the flower beds of Central Plaza.

For all the masses of people and sickly sweet foods, what’s the one thing mostly — and surprisingly — missing from Disneyland? The wasps.

Unfortunately, when you’ve got a bin with four wide open holes and a collection of sticky drinks bottles, that seems to be what you get:

Recycling bins

Recycling bins

Being “tested” across Walt Disney Studios Park since August, the new bins seemed to attract rather a lot of the unpopular insects on a warm day, far more than your average (closed) park trash can. These photos were taken in the Toon Plaza area at the back of Toon Studio within just a few minutes.

Open holes also seem to be used for the better-themed bins we provided as examples from other Disney parks around the world, but only one or two per bin. Seeing the wasps, let’s hope there’s a rethink of the design if these are to be rolled out “resort-wide” — if only for those few fleeting months of hot weather Paris enjoys each year.

The chaos caused by a single wasp in a Disney queue line cannot be overstated.

Pictures: DLRP Today.com

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  • Nature hey – what can you do?
    I have more of a problem with the Seagulls in The Park. On many occasion, I have seen parents openly encouraging their children to FEED THE BIRDS!!! Which equals, more Seagulls.

  • I’m a CM and to be honest we had a major problem with wasps backstage this year. There’s two trash cans at the back of Crush’s coaster, next to a bus stop, and there were more than 5 wasps in both. Was not pleasant.

  • I have seen many birds in the park.There did seem to be more wasp than previous six visits.Have never ever seen a seagull yet ! but i did see a RAT in broad daylight outside the Lucky Nugget last tuesday 15/9/09

  • Simple solution – add either a plastic or brush circular bit to make it harder for the wasps.

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