The Trash Problem in National Parks

Tips to Reduce Your Footprint on Protected Lands, By Olivia Young

Yosemite has been working to reduce its waste through recycling (since 1975), composting (since at least 2009), and decades of education. In 2015, as a result of improved recycling infrastructure and "renewed efforts at visitor education," the park recorded its lowest number of bear incidents: 76. The following year, it announced the Zero Landfill Initiative with Subaru of America, the National Parks Conservation Association, and the Yosemite Conservancy. The initiative set out to divert 80% of its waste from the landfill by the end of 2017. Today, it diverts about 60%.

Ken Yager Chats About the Yosemite Facelift

Meet Ken Yager, Yosemite Climbing Association (YCA) founder, Yosemite Facelift® creator, family man, climber, climbing historian and resident of Yosemite for 42 years.

What inspired you to begin the Yosemite Facelift?

In 2004, while working as a climbing guide, I was getting more and more frustrated by the vast amounts of toilet paper, baby diapers and other small trash that I had to walk through to get to the rocks with my clients. Rather than continuously being angry, I decided to dedicate three days to cleaning it up. Perhaps the outcome would result in having close to a year of clean trails to walk on before I had to do the cleanup again. 

Partnership Focuses on Waste Reduction and Overcrowding at National Parks


For the fifth year in the row, the National Park Foundation and Subaru are partnering up to give a percentage of proceeds from the Subaru “Share the Love” event. It will give a percentage of proceeds to support waste reduction efforts in three of the most visited national parks. The funding has been directed towards pilot projects in Grand Teton, Yosemite and Denali National Parks. 

Spring Is Here! Time To Plan Your Summer Vacation At Yosemite National Park

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Spring has arrived and it's the perfect time to book your summer vacation at Yosemite National Park.

Located in California's Sierra Nevada mountains, Yosemite National Park is famed for its waterfalls, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant seqouias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. With activities like hiking, fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing, and boating, it is impossible to be bored at this incredible destination and resort!

Trash in our National Parks - Why It's Your Problem Too

More than 100 million pounds of garbage is generated by national park visitors each year. Here's what you can do to help.

A recent survey conducted by Subaru of America and the National Parks Conservation Association found that a majority of Americans (59%) are unaware of the monumental waste challenges facing the country's national parks. 

What's more, a second study found that the bulk of that waste is coming from outside the parks and that the lion's share of the garbage is food waste and plastic water bottles. 

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Three National Parks Targeted for Zero Landfill Initiative, Subaru Sharing Its Expertise


Who We Are Is What We Leave Behind: This is part two of a 10-part series of documentary videos produced by Subaru of America to help everyone understand the impact of the trash challenge in our national parks and the road to a solution.


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Who We Are Is What We Leave Behind: This is part two of a 10-part series of documentary videos produced by Subaru of America to help everyone understand the impact of the trash challenge in our national parks and the road to a solution.


A New Day: Aramark Begins Concessions Operations at Yosemite National Park

Yosemite’s new concessioner working to ensure a smooth transition for guests; program enhancements and service upgrades on the horizon
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YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif., March 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ –  Yosemite Hospitality, LLC, a subsidiary of Aramark (NYSE: ARMK), the award-winning food and hospitality partner for national and state parks, is pleased to announce that March 1 marked its first day as the new concessioner at Yosemite National Park.

National Geographic Celebrates 100th Anniversary of National Park Service with Yearlong 'Power of Parks' Initiative


In honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, National Geographic has launched The Power of Parks, a yearlong initiative utilizing all of the organization's platforms to better explore and understand the world's national parks.

Iconic National Parks Move to Eliminate Landfill Trash

By Greta Weber, National Geographic

The national parks are pristine emblems of the American wilderness, attracting millions of visitors from around the world.

Who We Are is What We Leave Behind

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Subaru, recognized for having the first automotive assembly plant in America designated as zero landfill, announced it will share its knowledge of zero landfill practices with the National Park Service to reduce landfill waste from the parks. In partnership with National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-profit national park advocacy group, the team will test zero landfill practices in three iconic national parks –Yosemite, Grand Teton and Denali – working toward a goal of significantly reducing waste going into landfills from all national parks.


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