ELYSBURG — Thousands of people visit Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg every week. Most of them buy food and beverages, that is why you see these recycling bins almost everywhere you look at the park.
“It’s an expense for the company to do this, but we feel it’s the right thing to do,” Trevor Knoebel said.
Trevor Knoebel started the park’s recycling program in 1994. He says Knoebels Amusement Resort recycles around 150 tons of material every year.
“Initially it was only a few tons that we were able to save each year. We grew the program each year to try to find more things that we could save,” Knoebel said.
The recycled material is processed through a recycling center on site. Knoebels also tries to reduce its use of groundwater. The swimming pool and all of the rides like the log flume are run with stream water.
“Any type of watering of the flowers, wash down of the ground area,” Knoebel said.
Knoebel says the park saves on electricity by using LED lights on many of the rides, including the StratosFear.
“We try to replace lights whenever we can when the proper products come out that we can replace lights with led,” Knoebel said.
Knoebel says as the recycling program at the theme park continues to grow, Knoebels Amusement Resort reduces its carbon footprint a little bit more.