Waste Management

From the guestroom to the loading dock, waste is a perpetual challenge for hoteliers. Fortunately, there are many ways to reduce waste—through intelligent purchasing, packaging, recycling and education. Got news or a story idea to share? Contact Glenn Hasek, editor, at (813) 510-3868, or by e-mail at: editor@greenlodgingnews.com.

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Fibrex Introduces Dual Stream Recycling Container


SUFFOLK, VA.—The Fibrex Group Inc. introduces the Revolve Dual Stream Recycling Container. It allows one to automate and optimize recycling and waste collection in public spaces. The Revolve is an innovative housing for wheeled collection carts that fits a wide variety of cart designs. The first model holds two 95 gallon wheeled carts and can be fitted with Enevo smart bin sensor technology. Reduce trips and collect more without any of the heavy lifting involved with manually emptying bags or bins.

How Green Are Your Electronics?


NATIONAL REPORT—Due to the sheer volume of electronic products in hotels, energy consumption and e-waste are big issues, from both environmental and monetary standpoints. There are televisions in every room and lobby, computers throughout administrative offices and business centers, at least one giant copier at each location. That adds up to a lot of potential energy hogging devices plugged in at the same time. At the end of the product’s useful life, figuring out where to recycle 400 televisions can be a daunting undertaking.

GLN Adds Mountain Plumbing Products as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Mountain Plumbing Products as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Mountain Plumbing Products is owned by the third generational, 113 year old, Scottish company McAlpine Plumbing Products. Mountain Plumbing Products specializes in high-end decorative kitchen and bathroom accessories. Mountain Plumbing Products is also a provider of in-room water filtration systems.

EnviroPure Adds Ozone System to Food Waste Machines


TRAVELERS REST, S.C.—EnviroPure Systems Inc., a T&S company, has introduced an ozone recirculation system as an optional addition to its on-site organic food waste disposal systems. The new feature eliminates the need to add fresh water during EnviroPure’s digestion process, relying instead on water that is naturally extracted from food waste as it processes through the system.

Glaro Announces New Line of Half Round Waste Receptacles


HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—Glaro Inc. is offering a new product line: 24” wide low profile half round waste and ash/trash receptacles. According to Executive Vice President Robert Betensky, “Space saving, all metal receptacles are high in demand. In Glaro Inc.’s case, 18” wide receptacles were so popular that Glaro Inc. was compelled to add an even larger capacity model. A 24” model made a 29 gallon capacity possible, simultaneously giving facility managers a larger size model to place strategically throughout their facilities.”

Greener Mattress Options Can Reduce Waste, Provide a More Healthy Sleep Experience


NATIONAL REPORT—In the auto industry the “Big Three” most generally has been Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. In the world of mattress manufacturing there has also been a big three of sorts—Serta, Sealy and Simmons Bedding. These three companies have historically been the primary suppliers of mattresses to the U.S. lodging industry. Green Lodging News contacted each of these companies to participate in this article on mattresses but for different reasons they chose not to participate (they never responded or said the timing was bad). These companies, in varying degrees, have sustainability initiatives in place. Their websites provide some details. Outside of Serta, Sealy and Simmons Bedding, there are many companies that have come along to offer what they say are more sustainable mattress options. Each of these companies has their own take on what is sustainable or not sustainable. This article will take a look at some of these companies and what makes their mattresses uniquely green, or at least greener than what has previously been offered to lodging.

GLN Adds Ready Care Industries as Directory Partner


TAMPA, FLA.—Hasek Communications, the Tampa, Fla.-based publisher of Green Lodging News, welcomes Ready Care Industries as a Green Product & Service Directory partner. Ready Care Industries is the maker of Ecoeclipse, a shower dispenser that holds full sized 8 oz. bottles in a theft and tamper resistant holder. It was created to reduce bottle waste for in-room amenities and reduce in-room costs by up to 60 percent the first year. The dispenser can be filled with a reasonably priced private label to a high end branded spa line like Pure Fiji.

Ecova Adds Waste Manager Module to Management Platform


SPOKANE, WASH.—Ecova, the total energy and sustainability management company, announced the availability of the Waste Manager module on the Ecova Energy and Sustainability Management Platform, a technology platform for large commercial and industrial companies to manage their resource consumption across multiple categories. The Waste Manager module provides multi-site companies with greater visibility into waste generation and cost metrics to drive bottom-line savings, improve environmental performance, and support corporate sustainability goals.

Riegel Offers Table Linen Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles


JOHNSTON, S.C.—Riegel div. Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. is turning plastic bottles into durable table linen. RieNu by Riegel is a 100 percent recycled polyester linen produced from Eco-Sure, a 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET as confirmed by Scientific Certification Systems. Simply put, one 20 x 20 napkin made from RieNu recycled polyester fabric eliminates three 16 oz. plastic bottles from our landfills.

De Blasio Administration Bans Single-Use Styrofoam Products


NEW YORK—The de Blasio Administration announced that as of July 1, 2015, food service establishments, stores and manufacturers may not possess, sell, or offer for use single service Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) foam articles or polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” in New York City. After consultation with corporations, including Dart Container Corp., nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has determined that Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) Foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. DSNY also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer EPS collected in a curbside metal, glass, and plastic recycling program. As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, plates, trays, or clamshell containers in the city. The sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” is also banned. “These products cause real environmental harm and have no place in New York City,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

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