Magazine article National Parks

Trash Talk

Magazine article National Parks

Trash Talk

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Last summer, I visited Denali National Park & Preserve and was reminded of what an incredible place it is. Covering more than 6 million acres, the park has only one major road, which extends 92 miles through a stunning landscape populated by grizzlies, wolves and Dali sheep.

Despite its remoteness, Denali, like many parks, faces a daunting challenge with waste brought from outside the park. Each year, national park visitors generate nearly 100 million pounds of garbage. That's enough trash to fill the Statue of Liberty more than 1,800 times.

For my trip to Denali, I was joined by volunteers and Tom Doll, president of Subaru of America, to explore and enjoy this amazing park. We were also there to learn firsthand about a program to reduce waste in the park. Subaru has developed the first zero-landfill automotive assembly plant in America - all of the factory's trash is composted, reused, recycled or converted to energy. NPCA is partnering with Subaru of America to share best practices with the National Park Service. …

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