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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Illinois Hotel & Lodging Assn. Launches StayGreen Program


CHICAGO—Environmentally-conscious visitors to Illinois can now StayGreen at hotels throughout the Land of Lincoln. Launched by the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Assn. (IHLA), the StayGreen program recognizes hotels that proactively use eco-friendly products and services to help protect the environment. With 16,175 StayGreen rooms available across the state, IHLA is confident the StayGreen designation will help visitors better understand their choices in green lodging in Illinois. For the first year of the program, IHLA is focusing on two areas in which hotels must meet specific criteria in order to be awarded StayGreen designations: saving energy and recycling. IHLA will re-evaluate and refine the standards it sets for StayGreen programs each year, and is already considering adding more green programs.

GLN Adds Harris Pillow Supply Vendor Case Study to Website


CLEVELAND, OHIO—Hasek Communications, the Cleveland, Ohio-based publisher of Green Lodging News, has added a new case study to the Green Lodging News website. The case study details how Kingley, Iowa-based Kraft Pillow Cleaning and the French Quarter Inn, Charleston, S.C., have benefited from using Harris Pillow Supply’s Pillow-Vac machine.

Sealy Global Hospitality to Exhibit Newest Sleep Systems at HD Expo


TRINITY, N.C.—As ADRs slump in today’s difficult economy, guest satisfaction is more critical than ever. Research indicates that one of the primary drivers of guest satisfaction is a good night’s sleep—and, more importantly, guests will actually pay more for it. Sealy Global Hospitality will exhibit its newest sleep systems at HD Expo in Las Vegas.

The Refinishing Touch Completes 375th Hotel Project in Two Years


ALPHARETTA, GA.—The Refinishing Touch has completed several new hotel projects in Arizona, Georgia and Washington State. The projects included armoire modification, granite installation, refinishing, and reupholstering for Hilton Atlanta Northeast, Hilton Bellevue (Wash.), and Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort.

Marriott UMUC Inn and Conference Center Releases Recycling Results


ADELPHI, MD.—The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Inn and Conference Center by Marriott announced significant savings from its recycling and composting programs implemented in February 2008. At the program’s one-year anniversary, the UMUC Inn and Conference Center has figures showing that it has significantly reduced its waste stream. In 2008, approximately 28 tons of trash per month (336 tons per year) left the hotel, as compared to 2007, with 37 tons per month (444 tons per year). Of the 336 tons, 10 percent is recycled (glass, metal, paper, cardboard), 32 percent is composted (food scraps, plant materials), and 52 percent is trash that goes into landfills. The recycling and composting resulted in annual savings of $6,000. The hotel believes that this is just the start, with more monetary savings to come as they improve their plan.

Cozy Green Turning Old Towels, Linens Into Sellable Retail Products


NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF.—A new company, Cozy Green, is providing new life to old hotel towels and linens. Cozy Green utilizes spent towels and linens to create logo recognized, contemporary retail products. Ideally, the company seeks towels with logos on them, and then “upcycles” them to new branded product for their hotel partners.

Heathman Hotel to Complete 99 Percent Landfill-Free Remodel in April


PORTLAND, ORE.—The Heathman Hotel, Portland’s independent luxury arts hotel, will complete a 99 percent landfill-free remodel in late April. The renovation, involving the historic hotel’s 155 guest bathrooms, was planned in accordance with the property’s commitment to sustainability which includes ensuring energy efficiency, utilizing local resources, and re-using existing materials whenever possible. The renovation is projected to reduce gas usage by 20 percent and water consumption by 50 percent.

Increasing Number of Suppliers Now Offering Green Key Cards


NATIONAL REPORT—If you have a top 10 list of “to do” items to green your property, there is a good chance key cards are not on that list. Traditional plastic (PVC) cards carry a high environmental price tag. PVC, of course, is an oil-based product and when incinerated releases harmful dioxins. In the environment, dioxins tend to accumulate in the food chain. The higher in the animal food chain one goes, the higher the concentration of dioxins. Left to rot in a landfill, PVC cards can take centuries to biodegrade. Fortunately, a number of suppliers have emerged in the last few years to meet the need for alternatives to the plastic cards we are all used to using. The new key cards are made from materials ranging from wood from PEFC (Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification methods) certified forests to plant-based material such as corn.

Delaware Hospitality Industry Awarded Grants for Pollution Prevention


DOVER, DEL.—Three grants have been awarded to the Delaware hospitality industry for projects that will prevent pollution by conserving energy and water resources, recycling and other sustainable practices. The grant funds, which total $13,290, were provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Delaware Pollution Prevention Program grant. According to Crystal Nagyiski, manager of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Pollution Prevention Program, the proposals were accepted based on the project’s plans to implement sustainable practices that reduce pollution and conserve energy and natural resources. One of the grants includes $4950 for the Delaware Hotel and Lodging Assn. to implement and demonstrate the cost and environmental effectiveness of single stream recycling programs in five Delaware lodging facilities.

Disneyland Resort Implements Programs to Reduce Emissions


ANAHEIM, CALIF.—As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment, Disneyland Resort announced two innovative environmental initiatives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The resort has begun using compressed natural gas to fuel its guest trams and recycled cooking oil to power its Disneyland Railroad steam trains and Mark Twain riverboat. “These initiatives demonstrate Disneyland Resort’s ongoing commitment to balancing environmental stewardship throughout our operations,” said Michael O’Grattan, senior vice president of resort operations. “These are just a few steps in our ongoing journey to reduce Disneyland Resort’s environmental footprint.”

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