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A Lot of Work for a Free Banana | Chiquita Banana Recycling

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You know what they say: all this running seems like a lot of work for a free banana! And Walt Disney World uses a lot of bananas during the runDisney race weekends. Which also means a lot of banana peels end up in the trash. But with the help of Chiquita, banana recycling at runDisney has arrived at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. 

5K rundisney medal and Chiquita Banana


 This shirt has been on my Amazon Wishlist for waaaaaay too long.  

I’m typing this blog post shortly after finishing my *third* banana of the day.  Just in case you were wondering… which I am sure you are!

Bananas are at pretty much every race I have ever attended. 


 banana recycling


Chiquita is the official banana sponsor of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which means that it’s my official banana, too.

Chiquita has donated more than ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND bananas to runners and spectators this year alone at the 2019 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

New this year – Disney and Chiquita have teamed up to implement a “banana peel collection and recycling process” for this race season! Chiquita branded waste bins are placed all over the runner stanging area at the start/finish line of the races.




The new collection process, which will be implemented for the 2019 runDisney races, has the opportunity (if ALL peels are recycled) to divert upwards of 14 TONS of food scraps from landfills and turn them into electricity and fertilizer.

I know I sound like the tour guide from Living With the Land – but that is super cool.


Banana Recycling at runDisney


The bins were all over the place this weekend, and they plan to continue the recycling during Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Feb 21 – 24), Star Wars Rival Run Weekend (Apr 4 – 7). and rolling into next season with Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (Oct 31 – Nov 3).

I’d be curious to know just how many banana peels are recycled this weekend. 

I know it won’t be all the bananas (as I sit here looking at a banana peel on my bed at Coronado Springs) but I’m sure it will make a pretty big difference!


banana costume runner


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