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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Valley Forge Wins Sustainable Florida Best Practice Award


FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.— Valley Forge Fabrics, Inc. has been honored by Sustainable Florida with a Best Practice award in the Large Company Category. The winners were announced June 9 at an awards ceremony in Tallahassee. Sustainable Florida is an alliance of business, government, and civic leaders and organizations.

Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island Pursue Green Agenda


MACKINAC ISLAND, MICH.—The Grand Hotel is in the approval phase of being designated a green hotel by Green Lodging Michigan. The process was started in the fall of 2007 and should be complete by the end of the 2008 season. Behind the scenes of Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island’s ageless “Somewhere in Time” ambiance are aggressive programs to seek out and implement the latest technology to protect the island’s pristine environment. Highlighting the hotel's green initiatives is an aggressive composting program.

Pineapple Hospitality Introduces Four New Products to its Lineup


SAINT CHARLES, MO.—Pineapple Hospitality announces the addition of four new products to its repertoire of products: EcoSmart Pillows; Green-Key keycards; Buffet Burners; and Zero Odor. Either individually or as a part of a larger greening process, these four products demonstrate to guests a commitment to clean, green operations.

Colorful, Stylish Furniture Made from HDPE Closes the Plastic Recycling Loop


NATIONAL REPORT—Summer-like weather is here and there is nothing better than kicking back on the beach or close to a pool. Why not kick back on some recycled plastic? There are a number of U.S.-based companies that manufacture outdoor furniture from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is made from recycled plastic milk and water jugs. By purchasing furniture made from HDPE, one can help to close the recycling loop. In fact, at the end of its life, the furniture can be recycled and made into new furniture. From a design standpoint, there are literally hundreds of appealing color and style combinations from which to choose.

Hilton Vancouver, Wash., is First to Earn LEED and Green Seal Certification


VANCOUVER, WASH.—The Hilton Vancouver, Washington, one of America’s first sustainably-designed hotels, is making history again this month as the first hotel in the world to earn both Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and Green Seal certifications. The Green Seal environmental certification accolade comes three years after the hotel became the first major U.S. hotel—and the first Hilton Hotel—to earn LEED certification.

Swisssol USA Now Distributing New Shower, Sink Dispensing System


MIAMI—Swisssol USA LLC, a company specializing in importing environmentally-friendly upscale European creative body care products to the U.S. hotel industry, is now distributing an innovative shower and sink dispensing system.

Eden Textile’s New Recycling Program to Benefit Africa


VANCOUVER, B.C.—The hospitality industry has a new resource at its disposal. Eden Textile, one of the country’s leading hospitality suppliers, has launched a unique textile-recycling program aimed at reducing vast amounts of the industry’s post-consumer waste.

Everpure Launches Exubera Pro Premium Carafe Water System


CHICAGO—Everpure, LLC launched its award-winning filtration system, the Exubera Pro Premium Carafe Water System, during this year’s National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show. The event was held last month at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Emory Conference Center Hotel Implements Single Stream Recycling


ATLANTA—Already one of the most environmentally responsible conference centers and hotels in the Southeast, the Emory Conference Center Hotel (ECCH) is now the only property in Georgia implementing a single stream recycling system. Single stream recycling enables ECCH employees and guests to mix recyclable paper, plastic and glass in one centralized bin, resulting in the hotel recycling more than 41 tons each year. Before adopting the program, items had to be sorted into seven different bins. The sorting is now done at an off-site processing center.

Energy Star Just One of InterContinental Chicago’s Green Achievements


CHICAGO—The InterContinental Chicago, a 792-room hotel located on the Windy City’s Magnificent Mile, has just obtained its Energy Star rating from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Energy. The hotel, in a building constructed in 1929, is the first hotel in Chicago to earn the rating.

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