Across our resorts, more than 40% of waste is diverted through a combination of composting, recycling and material reuse. By engaging our employees and our guests in this effort, we aim to reach 50% by 2015, with an eye on zero waste in the future.
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 unique composting program based on their specific needs. For example, Breckenridge and Keystone divert up to 90% of waste by partnering with the county’s commercial composting facility. Vail uses Earth Tub compost bins to divert over 14 tons of kitchen prep scraps per year. Beaver Creek sends over 10 tons a year of prep scraps to a local pig farmer. Our Tahoe resorts regularly haul organic waste to a nearby facility.
We view waste reduction as the most important “R” word of the saying, "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle." 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.