Waste Diversion and Diversion
Across our resorts, more than 40% of waste is diverted through a combination of reduction, reuse, and recycling and diversion. By engaging our employees and our guests in this effort, we aim to reach 50%, with an eye on zero waste in the future.
Vail Resorts analyzes our purchasing efforts and works with event planners to minimize the waste created in our daily operations. Our retail stores have successfully reduced packaging in ski helmet shipments, and when possible, bulk shipments are used to minimize individually wrapped packaging.
Recycling & Composting
Recycling and composting are a required part of our operations. If a material cannot be reused, Vail Resorts recycles as much as possible to prevent items from ending up in the landfill, including scrap metal, cardboard, paper electronics, cork, glass, and aluminum.
Each of our resorts has a diversion program based on their unique operation and needs and on the resources and infrastructure available in our mountain communities. We conduct waste audits to evaluate opportunities to change what we purchase and use and to ensure that we’re diverting as much waste as possible from landfill. Thanks to our diligence and employee commitment, Keystone Resort has achieved diversion rates of over 90% in some facilities. And we have a lot to learn from our new resorts; since 2000, Whistler Blackcomb has reduced annual tonnage sent to the landfill by 71%.