Recycling tips for hotels
In these days of Eco-awareness, we all need to be looking at ways that we can conserve and recycle even waste removal companies are trying to collect different types of waste separately in order to re-use whatever we can. Industry has a huge part to play in this, and one of the biggest of those industries is the hotel business.
The amount of waste that hotels produce can be staggering, but the race to become an Eco-friendly hotel is on, especially as lots of travelers are now opting to stay in hotels that are going green.
There are many ways in which the hospitality industry can reduce it's waste output, not only to be socially responsible, but to also reduce costs. Let's take a look at some of the ways, in which this can be achieved.
Firstly, it is vital that all hotel staff is educated and encouraged to cut down on waste, having the whole crew on board will ensure that everyone is sailing in the same direction. A good idea is to appoint a member of staff or a team to manage the whole waste reduction project. Departmental competitions can also provide lots of incentive and are also great fun!
Literature outlining the hotel's green policies, and how guests can be part of those, should be left in each room, or displayed in reception areas, along with weekly or monthly updates on goals and targets.
Providing recycling bins for guests to use is a great starting point. Items such as newspapers and cans are found every day in most hotel rooms and these bins could be placed either in the guest rooms or in the hotel lobby. One of our biggest enemies is packaging, and a good way to produce less waste is to buy in bulk wherever possible, this obviously means far less packaging (yet more good news for the waste removal companies!) Another way that hotels can become more Eco-friendly is to only use recycled paper within their offices and receptions, this should include all headed notepaper, toilet paper, napkins, and even menus. A simple but incredibly effective and instant thing to do is throw away those throwaways! Dispose of those disposables! Plastic, cardboard and polystyrene plates, cups and cutlery are not only bad for our planet; they look awful, and will hopefully soon become obsolete. China plates and cups, together with glasses and shining steel cutlery, look much more attractive!
Some hotels are even starting to use unwanted/old sheets and linen as laundry bags, aprons and napkins, how innovative is that? Other ways that the Housekeeping team can help is by using non-biological detergents and fabric softeners.
Those hotels with gardens can grow their own organic vegetables and create their own compost heaps this creates a wonderful cycle of home-grown vegetables entering the kitchen and leaving it by the same door!
The Maintenance team can really come into their own here. By regularly cleaning, servicing, and repairing machinery and spare parts, they can ensure that the replacement of many items is kept to an absolute minimum. It goes without saying that only energy-efficient light bulbs are used throughout the hotel.
And there you have it. Just a few ideas for hotels to think about. Of course there are hundreds more, and each day someone is coming up with yet another way to somehow lessen the load (literally!) on our waste removal companies. Both household and commercial waste can be reduced dramatically by taking time to actually think about what we are doing, and taking those first few steps towards implementing our ideas.
Let's get those thinking caps on!