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NEW YORK—It’s official. New York City’s newly mandated commercial organics law (1162-A) will hold certain foodservice establishments to a higher standard of food waste management and many operators have no real understanding of how this can negatively affect their business. ORCA has announced a solution—the ORCA system—for diverting food waste from landfills and incineration that is 100 percent compliant and easy to implement.
SANDSTON, VA.—Organic waste recycling has become a major topic in recent months with many states implementing organic waste mandates for businesses. Reducing a hotel’s food waste can promote a brand’s environmentally-friendly status as well as generate purchasing savings and reduce hauling costs.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes PragmaTech Ltd. as a Founding Sponsor. Thanks to the power of the “Internet of Things”, PragmaTech has developed tools to combine its expertise in solid waste equipment with an advanced ERP/CRM platform called Pandora Intelligent Networks. Customers experience significantly improved waste management, recycling, and sustainability achievements; and improved asset management results from PragmaTech’s ability to collect and analyze data generated from waste equipment.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes RieNu by Riegel as a Founding Sponsor. RieNu by Riegel is the first to market recycled table linen product. Made from recycled water bottles—the process includes collection, sanitizing, melting and extruding that molten material into yarn which is then woven and dyed to make RieNu.
ODESSA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Odessa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Glasdon, Inc. as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Glasdon has significant experience providing tailored and effective waste management solutions to a number of organizations both large and small. From reception spaces to guestrooms to dining areas, Glasdon’s range of capacities, styles and colors can accommodate any lodging environment. Glasdon can personalize bins.
GLENS FALLS, N.Y.—1 Hotels, FOUND:RE Phoenix, HGU New York and Shore Hotel have all chosen to carry JUST water in their relentless efforts to further reduce their carbon footprints. JUST water—100 percent ethically sourced spring water—is packaged in a paper bottle made up of 82 percent renewable resources by using FSC-certified paper and plant-based plastic derived from sugarcane. This use of renewable materials results in up to 74 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than traditional PET plastic bottles.
HASTINGS ON HUDSON, N.Y.—In2green, a leader in luxury sustainable home goods and accessories, received top recognition in the home and gift industry winning the coveted Icon Honor for Innovation. Hailed as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry, Icon Honors took place Thursday, July 14 and was produced by AmericasMart Atlanta, in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Assn. (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media and in affiliation with Gift For Life.
BOULDER, COLO.—Eco-Products announced that it has become a Certified B Corp, earning the coveted distinction for meeting “the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability.”
NEW YORK—Save A Sample!’s annual industry recycling drive is coming to Canada. Save A Sample!, a nonprofit recycling drive, makes it easy for designers to donate materials and samples to local design students. Save A Sample! takes place each year throughout the United States, saving tons of materials from the landfill. This year Save A Sample! expands its sustainable mission to Canada.
LAS VEGAS—Caesars Entertainment Corp., with the help of Ecova, is digging deep into its own trash to uncover opportunities to improve its waste diversion rate. That diversion rate currently stands at 44 percent, up from 23 percent in 2013. The company’s 2020 goal is a 50 percent diversion rate. Key to Caesars’ success so far is its commitment to consistently measure its waste stream and conduct a “dumpster dive” every now and then to uncover opportunities for continuous improvement. When Jeff Ruskowitz, Caesars’ Manager of Engineering and Sustainable Operations, joined the company in 2013, he found that Caesars had not been actively measuring its organizational diversion level as part of the company’s overall CodeGreen program. “Execution was happening in site-specific silos,” Ruskowitz says. “There was no centralized, aggregate reporting effort, so we were unable to make an accurate assessment of our progress. In addition to this decentralization, we realized that not everything being diverted, particularly organics, was being reported. We had not physically opened up a compactor. We didn’t really have an idea of what was there.”