Wild Adventures in Recycling

Recycling at Wild Adventures theme park could be a valuable educational tool.

Food, drinks and fun go together pretty well at Wild Adventures theme park in Lowndes County, and now organizers are hoping recycling will fit in that mix as well, thanks to 55 of these new recycling bins that will be placed around the park.

"We're proud to announce that we're going to partner with Wild Adventures and hopefully collect a lot of plastic the customers purchase. There's a lot of benefit that could come with it, it’s environmentally friendly, and we're doing the right thing together," says Pete Pyrzenski, Valdosta Public Works Director.

Recycling advocates with the city of Valdosta and Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful hope these recycling containers will remind the nearly one and a half million guest that visit Wild Adventures every year to recycle, even when they return home.

"You could consider it one of the largest educational venues, because there is over a million people that go out there every year. So we decided that this was the place we could make the best impact at. This is just not affecting Lowndes County and Valdosta, but all the visitors from all the other states that come to the park," says Aaron Strickland, Director of Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful.

And advocates say that could translate into a huge, positive environmental impact, helping keep thousands of pounds of reusable plastic out of area landfills.

Most of the funding for this new recycling effort at Wild Adventures comes from grants that were awarded to the Keep Lowndes-Valdosta Beautiful program.