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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Former Bar Owner Creates Green Solution to Pulp-board Coasters

12/18/2014

POMPANO BEACH, FLA.—Bust Out Products’ new drink coasters Magic Mug Rugs are making a huge impact when it comes to driving down contaminated paper product waste and driving up profits for the beverage and hospitality industries.


Suppliers Offer Safer, Greener Alternatives to Toxic, Hazardous Chafing Dish Fuel Gel

12/16/2014

NATIONAL REPORT—Most chafing dish fuel gels found today are made from corn-based ethanol, methanol and other additives to help the product burn hotter. Methanol is added to make it too toxic for consumption. Fuel gel using methanol and other additives is considered hazardous waste and should be treated as such, several industry experts told Green Lodging News for this article. Methanol gel, according to Don Haldenby, CEO of Ecoflame International Inc., is poisonous and contains dioxin and emits nitrous oxide, arsenic, carbon monoxide and excessive carbon dioxide when burned. It is dangerous to touch and dangerous to the environment when containers end up in the landfill. There, they leach their poisons into the water table. Dennis Paul, CEO of ECOFuel Worldwide Inc., said the emissions from most fuel gel today are not only potentially hazardous to those who work around it; they can also impact the taste and quality of the food the gels are working to heat. “You may be ingesting it and it changes the flavor of the food,” he says.


Remanufactured Printer Cartridges a Greener Alternative to New Product

12/3/2014

NATIONAL REPORT—Printer cartridges may not fall at the top of your list of green purchasing priorities but if you approach cartridge purchasing wisely you can help reduce the flow of spent cartridges to the landfill and impact the amount of energy, water and materials spent on cartridge production. The key, according to industry experts, is purchasing remanufactured (a.k.a. reengineered) printer cartridges. “In the United States there is no specific information on where printer cartridges end up,” says Mike Ducey, Vice President, Print Division of Guy Brown, a reseller of remanufactured toner and ink cartridges. “My estimate is that half of cartridges get recycled back to some place. The rest goes to the landfill.” According to Tech-Optics Inc., a remanufacturer, distributer and seller of toner cartridges for laser jet printers, every year, approximately 400 million cartridges are thrown away. A typical cartridge takes 1,000 years to decompose. Each laser cartridge consists of 2.5 pounds of plastic, along with rubber, steel and aluminum.


Earthkeeping a Passion at Historic Brown Palace Hotel

11/25/2014

DENVER—The piece-of-pie shaped Brown Palace Hotel, a fixture in the heart of Denver since 1892, has been undergoing a green transformation the last couple of years that has caught the eye of many. The 241-room property won the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2013 from the Colorado Hotel and Lodging Assn. and the Good Earthkeeping Award in 2014 from the American Hotel and Lodging Assn. While dabbling in sustainability for a number of years—bee hives have been on the hotel roof as part of the hotel’s Bee Royalty Initiative since 2009—it was in October 2012 when good things really started to happen. That is when Brenna St. Onge was hired as Executive Housekeeper. She brought a passion for sustainability to her job and it was a year ago that she was promoted to Assistant Director of Rooms and Chair of Sustainability.


‘Weathered’ Look in Interface’s New Reclaim Carpet Tiles

11/20/2014

LAGRANGE, GA.—Interface has drawn on the natural beauty found in salvaged matter and materials for the design of its new Reclaim carpet tiles. The 25cm x 1m skinny plank series echoes the look of worn, weathered wood, lending interiors a feeling that’s both warm and inviting yet completely modern. Constructed of 100 percent recycled content fiber that combines reclaimed carpet fiber with salvaged fishing nets, Reclaim remains true to its name and at the same time is in lockstep with the company’s Mission Zero promise to eliminate any negative impact is has on the environment by the year 2020.


NRA, LeanPath Team Up to Fight Food Waste

11/19/2014

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The National Restaurant Association (NRA) named LeanPath Inc., creators of automated food waste monitoring systems, as a preferred supplier of its Conserve sustainability program. LeanPath provides systems which enable foodservice professionals to dramatically reduce food waste, lower food costs and operate more sustainable facilities.


First Ever ‘Net Zero’ Convention Center Expo Area Debuted in New Orleans at Greenbuild

11/18/2014

NEW ORLEANS—The world’s largest sustainable building conference, The Greenbuild Conference and Expo, featuring the first “net zero” exhibit space, was held in New Orleans, October 22 to 24, with 23,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors. The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center helped Greenbuild set up the first “net zero” exhibit space by utilizing the building’s balcony as the location for solar generated panels that powered an on-site microgrid, generating power to the exhibit booths. The Net Zero Zone showcased how booths in the exhibit hall can unplug from the utility grid and operate totally on power generated by solar panels. If any of the power sources are interrupted, the remaining sources pick up the slack, exemplifying Greenbuild’s key theme of resiliency. Owned and operated by Hanley Wood and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Greenbuild is the largest conference and expo dedicated to green building design and construction. USGBC, the sponsor of Greenbuild, is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.


Clean the World to Ship 5 Million Soap Bars to West Africa

11/17/2014

ORLANDO, FLA.—Ebola cases continue to rise “frighteningly quickly” in parts of Sierra Leone, according to a report from The Africa Governance Initiative (AGI). As transmission accelerates in some areas, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that hand washing frequently with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect against Ebola. Clean the World is supporting infection-control measures in West Africa by shipping 5 million bars of soap to the region. Operation Soap Blitz is a new Clean the World campaign with the goal of reducing the spread of viral diseases both overseas and in North America. In addition to sending soap to West Africa, Operation Soap Blitz will provide 100,000 hygiene kits to the homeless and other vulnerable people in need here in the United States during the cold and flu season. “As the world’s only large-scale soap recycler, it is our responsibility to step up to the plate and provide hygiene supplies to people who desperately need them,” said Shawn Seipler, founder of Clean the World.


Totally Green Wins Green Product Award

11/17/2014

TORONTO—Totally Green recently won a Green Product Award from the Greater Miami & the Beaches Hotel Association for its unique and environmentally friendly Organic Refuse Conversion Alternative (ORCA) machine. The ORCA converts food waste into harmless water on-site at the business establishment. This cuts waste disposal costs, while eliminating pollution from landfill sites and garbage trucks. “We’re pleased to be recognized as a leading-edge organic waste solution provider,” said Shawn Dym, CEO, Totally Green.


Hotel Display Includes Tree Made from Recycled Plastic Bottles

11/13/2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—The ultimate holiday viewing experience will come to life at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte this year, as a brilliantly colorful winter wonderland is set to occupy the entire hotel lobby level beginning Thanksgiving Day. Highlighted by a larger-than-life, often edible series of seven Holiday Sweet Scenes, the vibrantly walkable tour of every child’s holiday fantasies will feature the world’s largest croquembouche pastry tree standing eight feet in edible height; a 12-foot-tall holiday tree made of 8,000 hand-crafted French macarons; a whimsical 10-foot-tall gingerbread house offering its own charming clock tower; two glistening, eight-foot-tall upside-down trees suspended from the lobby ceiling; and the pièce de résistance—a 17-foot green holiday tree constructed completely of recycled plastic bottles—789 of them, to be exact.


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